Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Albania instead of Palau, you would:

Health

live 4.9 years longer


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Albania, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

be 60.8% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Albania, that number is 21.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 42.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Palau, 24.9% live below the poverty line as of 2006. In Albania, however, that number is 14.3% as of 2012.

make 15.0% less money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $14,700 as of 2017, while in Albania, the GDP per capita is $12,500 as of 2017.

be 8.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Albania, that number is 13.8% as of 2017.

Life

have 15.0% more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Albania, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 10.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Palau, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Albania, on the other hand, 10.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 99.6% more likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Albania, about 71.8% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 76.2% less coastline


Palau has a total of 1,519 km of coastline. In Albania, that number is 362 km.

Albania: At a glance

Albania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 27,398 sq km. Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939, and occupied by Germany in 1943. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944. Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until 1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of xenophobic communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, dilapidated infrastructure, powerful organized crime networks, and combative political opponents. Albania has made progress in its democratic development since first holding multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. International observers judged elections to be largely free and fair since the restoration of political stability following the collapse of pyramid schemes in 1997; however, each of Albania's post-communist elections have been marred by claims of electoral fraud. The 2009 general elections resulted in a coalition government, the first such in the country's history. In 2013, general elections achieved a peaceful transition of power and a second successive coalition government. Albania joined NATO in April 2009 and is a potential candidate for EU accession. Although Albania's economy continues to grow, it has slowed, and the country is still one of the poorest in Europe. A large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure remain obstacles.

How big is Albania compared to Palau? 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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