Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in French Polynesia instead of North Korea, you would:


live 6.7 years longer

In North Korea, the average life expectancy is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women). In French Polynesia, that number is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women).


make 10.0 times more money

North Korea has a GDP per capita of $1,700, while in French Polynesia, the GDP per capita is $17,000.

be 14.8% less likely to be unemployed

In North Korea, 25.6% of adults are unemployed. In French Polynesia, that number is 21.8%.


be 79.2% less likely to die during infancy

In North Korea, approximately 22.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In French Polynesia, on the other hand, 4.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 96.7% more likely to have access to electricity

In North Korea, 30% of people have electricity access (41% in urban areas, and 13% in rural areas). In French Polynesia, that number is 59% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

French Polynesia: At a glance

French Polynesia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 3,827 sq km. The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium. The tests were halted in January 1996. In recent years, French Polynesia's autonomy has been considerably expanded.

How big is French Polynesia compared to North Korea? 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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