Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.5 years longer


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women). In Thailand, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 81.9% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese. In Thailand, that number is 10.0% of people.

Economy

make 10.5% more money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $16,200, while in Thailand, the GDP per capita is $17,900.

be 58.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed. In Thailand, that number is 0.7%.

Life

be 13.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Palau, approximately 10.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Thailand, on the other hand, 9.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 67.8% 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 Thailand, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

be 31.9% more likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access. In Thailand, about 47.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 27.8% less on healthcare


Palau spends 9.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Thailand, that number is 6.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 2.1 times more coastline


Palau has a total of 1,519 km of coastline. In Thailand, that number is 3,219 km.

Thailand: At a glance

Thailand is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 510,890 sq km. A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the United States in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in Thailand's southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.

How big is Thailand 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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