Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 52.3% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Suriname, that number is 26.4% of people as of 2016.

live 0.8 years less


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Suriname, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 5.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Suriname, that number is 8.9% as of 2017.

be 2.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Palau, 24.9% live below the poverty line as of 2006. In Suriname, however, that number is 70.0% as of 2002.

Life

have 31.9% more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Suriname, there are 14.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.3 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 Suriname, on the other hand, 22.1 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 36.0% more likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Suriname, about 49.0% do as of 2018.

be 12.2% 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 Suriname, that number is 87% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas) as of 2016.

Geography

see 74.6% less coastline


Palau has a total of 1,519 km of coastline. In Suriname, that number is 386 km.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

How big is Suriname 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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