Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 54.4% less likely to be obese

In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Vanuatu, that number is 25.2% of people as of 2016.


make 81.6% less money

Palau has a GDP per capita of $14,700 as of 2017, while in Vanuatu, the GDP per capita is $2,700 as of 2017.


have 98.2% more children

In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Vanuatu, there are 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 29.6% more likely to die during infancy

In Palau, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Vanuatu, on the other hand, 12.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 41.8% 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 Vanuatu, that number is 58% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 28.6% less likely to have internet access

In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Vanuatu, about 25.7% do as of 2018.


see 66.4% more coastline

Palau has a total of 1,519 km of coastline. In Vanuatu, that number is 2,528 km.

Vanuatu: At a glance

Vanuatu is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 12,189 sq km. Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.

How big is Vanuatu 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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