Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 85.4% less likely to be obese


In Palau, 55.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Zambia, that number is 8.1% of people as of 2016.

live 20.5 years less


In Palau, the average life expectancy is 74 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Zambia, that number is 54 years (52 years for men, 55 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 72.8% less money


Palau has a GDP per capita of $14,700 as of 2017, while in Zambia, the GDP per capita is $4,000 as of 2017.

be 8.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Palau, 1.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Zambia, that number is 15.0% as of 2008.

be 2.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Palau, 24.9% live below the poverty line as of 2006. In Zambia, however, that number is 54.4% as of 2015.

Life

have 3.6 times more children


In Palau, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Zambia, there are 40.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 10.2% less likely to be literate


In Palau, the literacy rate is 96.6% as of 2015. In Zambia, it is 86.7% as of 2018.

be 5.7 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 Zambia, on the other hand, 56.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 66.8% 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 Zambia, that number is 33% of people on average (67% in urban areas, and 6% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 60.3% less likely to have internet access


In Palau, approximately 36.0% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Zambia, about 14.3% do as of 2018.

be 32.5% 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 Zambia, that number is 68% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Zambia: At a glance

Zambia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 743,398 sq km. The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

How big is Zambia 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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