Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 88.4% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese. In Bhutan, that number is 6.4% of people.

live 2.8 years less


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women). In Bhutan, that number is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

make 46.3% less money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $16,200, while in Bhutan, the GDP per capita is $8,700.

be 88.2% more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed. In Bhutan, that number is 3.2%.

Life

be 32.8% less likely to be literate


In Palau, the literacy rate is 96.6%. In Bhutan, it is 64.9%.

have 53.1% more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Bhutan, there are 17.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Palau, approximately 10.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bhutan, on the other hand, 32.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 28.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In Palau, 59% of people have electricity access (62% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Bhutan, that number is 76% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas).

be 16.1% more likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access. In Bhutan, about 41.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 60.0% less on healthcare


Palau spends 9.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bhutan, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

Bhutan: At a glance

Bhutan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 38,394 sq km. In 1865, Britain and Bhutan signed the Treaty of Sinchulu, under which Bhutan would receive an annual subsidy in exchange for ceding some border land to British India. Under British influence, a monarchy was set up in 1907; three years later, a treaty was signed whereby the British agreed not to interfere in Bhutanese internal affairs, and Bhutan allowed Britain to direct its foreign affairs. This role was assumed by independent India after 1947. Two years later, a formal Indo-Bhutanese accord returned to Bhutan the areas annexed by the British, formalized the annual subsidies the country received, and defined India's responsibilities in defense and foreign relations. In March 2005, King Jigme Singye WANGCHUCK unveiled the government's draft constitution - which introduced major democratic reforms - and pledged to hold a national referendum for its approval. In December 2006, the King abdicated the throne in favor of his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel WANGCHUCK, in order to give him experience as head of state before the democratic transition. In early 2007, India and Bhutan renegotiated their treaty, eliminating the clause that stated that Bhutan would be "guided by" India in conducting its foreign policy, although Thimphu continues to coordinate closely with New Delhi. Elections for seating the country's first parliament were completed in March 2008; the king ratified the country's first constitution in July 2008. Bhutan experienced a peaceful turnover of power following parliamentary elections in 2013, which routed the incumbent party. The disposition of some 30,000 Bhutanese refugees - housed in two UN refugee camps in Nepal - remains unresolved.

How big is Bhutan 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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