Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 68.9% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Namibia, that number is 17.2% of people as of 2016.

live 8.8 years less


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Namibia, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 23.8% less money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $14,700 as of 2017, while in Namibia, the GDP per capita is $11,200 as of 2017.

be 20.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Namibia, that number is 34.0% as of 2016.

be 15.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Palau, 24.9% live below the poverty line as of 2006. In Namibia, however, that number is 28.7% as of 2010.

Life

have 2.3 times more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Namibia, there are 25.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 3.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Palau, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Namibia, on the other hand, 31.4 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 41.7% more likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Namibia, about 51.0% do as of 2018.

be 47.8% less likely to have access to electricity


In Palau, approximately 99% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2016. In Namibia, that number is 52% of people on average (77% in urban areas, and 29% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 10.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Palau, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Namibia, that number is 90% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Namibia: At a glance

Namibia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 823,290 sq km. South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. POHAMBA was reelected in November 2009.

How big is Namibia 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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