Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Panama instead of New Caledonia, you would:

Health

live 0.9 years longer


In New Caledonia, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

be 62.6% less likely to be unemployed


In New Caledonia, 14.7% of adults are unemployed. In Panama, that number is 5.5%.

make 18.3% less money


New Caledonia has a GDP per capita of $31,100, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400.

be 35.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In New Caledonia, 17.0% live below the poverty line. In Panama, however, that number is 23.0%.

Life

have 19.3% more children


In New Caledonia, there are approximately 15.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Panama, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 90.4% more likely to die during infancy


In New Caledonia, approximately 5.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 54.2% more likely to have access to electricity


In New Caledonia, 59% of people have electricity access (68% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Panama, that number is 91% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 27.0% less likely to have internet access


In New Caledonia, approximately 74.0% of the population has internet access. In Panama, about 54.0% do.

Geography

see 10.5% more coastline


New Caledonia has a total of 2,254 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama compared to New Caledonia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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