Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Cook Islands instead of New Zealand, you would:


live 5.3 years less

In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women). In Cook Islands, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 81.5% more likely to be obese

In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese. In Cook Islands, that number is 55.9% of people.


make 57.1% less money

New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $38,900, while in Cook Islands, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed

In New Zealand, 4.9% of adults are unemployed. In Cook Islands, that number is 13.1%.


be 3.0 times more likely to die during infancy

In New Zealand, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cook Islands, on the other hand, 13.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 39.0% less likely to have internet access

In New Zealand, approximately 88.5% of the population has internet access. In Cook Islands, about 54.0% do.


spend 25.4% less on education

New Zealand spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Cook Islands spends 4.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 69.1% less on healthcare

New Zealand spends 11.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cook Islands, that number is 3.4% of GDP.


see 99.2% less coastline

New Zealand has a total of 15,134 km of coastline. In Cook Islands, that number is 120 km.

Cook Islands: At a glance

Cook Islands is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 236 sq km. Named after Captain COOK, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965, residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.

How big is Cook Islands compared to New Zealand? 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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