Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 72.9% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese. In Gabon, that number is 15.0% of people.

live 21.3 years less


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women). In Gabon, that number is 52 years (52 years for men, 52 years for women).

Economy

make 18.5% more money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $16,200, while in Gabon, the GDP per capita is $19,200.

be 16.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed. In Gabon, that number is 28.0%.

Life

be 13.9% less likely to be literate


In Palau, the literacy rate is 96.6%. In Gabon, it is 83.2%.

have 3.0 times more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Gabon, there are 34.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Palau, approximately 10.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Gabon, on the other hand, 44.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 50.8% 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 Gabon, that number is 89% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 38% in rural areas).

be 33.6% more likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access. In Gabon, about 48.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 62.2% less on healthcare


Palau spends 9.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Gabon, that number is 3.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 41.7% less coastline


Palau has a total of 1,519 km of coastline. In Gabon, that number is 885 km.

Gabon: At a glance

Gabon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 257,667 sq km. El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - dominated the country's political scene for four decades (1967-2009) following independence from France in 1960. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in December 2002 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Following President BONGO's death in 2009, new elections brought Ali BONGO Ondimba, son of the former president, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon's small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries.

How big is Gabon 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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