Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 0.9 years longer


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 54.8% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Bulgaria, that number is 25.0% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 48.3% more money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $14,700 as of 2017, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,800 as of 2017.

be 3.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2% as of 2017.

Life

be 17.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Palau, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.1 children do as of 2020.

have 26.5% fewer children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Bulgaria, there are 8.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 79.9% more likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Bulgaria, about 64.8% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 76.7% less coastline


Palau has a total of 1,519 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Bulgaria 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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