Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Papua New Guinea instead of Palau, you would:

Health

be 61.5% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 21.3% of people as of 2016.

live 6.3 years less


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 74.8% less money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $14,700 as of 2017, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700 as of 2017.

be 47.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5% as of 2017.

be 48.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Palau, 24.9% live below the poverty line as of 2006. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0% as of 2002.

Life

have 99.1% more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Papua New Guinea, there are 22.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 33.5% less likely to be literate


In Palau, the literacy rate is 96.6% as of 2015. In Papua New Guinea, it is 64.2% as of 2015.

be 3.4 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 Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 33.2 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 76.9% 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 Papua New Guinea, that number is 23% of people on average (73% in urban areas, and 16% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 68.9% less likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, about 11.2% do as of 2018.

be 57.0% 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 Papua New Guinea, that number is 43% of people on average (89% in urban areas, and 36% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 3.4 times more coastline


Palau has a total of 1,519 km of coastline. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 5,152 km.

Papua New Guinea: At a glance

Papua New Guinea (sometimes abbreviated PNG) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 452,860 sq km. The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives.

How big is Papua New Guinea 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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