Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.1 years longer


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

be 59.0% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 72.8% more money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $14,700 as of 2017, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400 as of 2017.

be 3.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Panama, that number is 6.0% as of 2017.

Life

have 51.3% more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Panama, there are 17.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 60.7% more likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Panama, about 57.9% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 63.9% more coastline


Palau has a total of 1,519 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama 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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