Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 82.6% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese. In Benin, that number is 9.6% of people.

live 11.1 years less


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women). In Benin, that number is 62 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

be 41.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed. In Benin, that number is 1.0%.

make 85.8% less money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $16,200, while in Benin, the GDP per capita is $2,300.

Life

be 60.2% less likely to be literate


In Palau, the literacy rate is 96.6%. In Benin, it is 38.4%.

have 3.1 times more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Benin, there are 35.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Palau, approximately 10.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Benin, on the other hand, 52.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 50.8% less likely to have access to electricity


In Palau, 59% of people have electricity access (62% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Benin, that number is 29% of people on average (57% in urban areas, and 9% in rural areas).

be 66.7% less likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access. In Benin, about 12.0% do.

be 18.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Palau, approximately 95% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas). In Benin, that number is 78% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 48.9% less on healthcare


Palau spends 9.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Benin, that number is 4.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 92.0% less coastline


Palau has a total of 1,519 km of coastline. In Benin, that number is 121 km.

Benin: At a glance

Benin is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 110,622 sq km. Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that rose to prominence in about 1600 and over the next two and half centuries became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade. Coastal areas of Dahomey began to be controlled by the French in the second half of the 19th century; the entire kingdom was conquered by 1894. French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI, who won a second five-year term in March 2011, has attempted to stem corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

How big is Benin 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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