Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 11.5 years less


In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

be 54.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5%.

make 85.4% less money


Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

be 60.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Panama, 23.0% live below the poverty line. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0%.

spend 68.0% more on taxes


Panama has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Papua New Guinea, the top tax rate is 42.0%.

Life

be 32.4% less likely to be literate


In Panama, the literacy rate is 95.0%. In Papua New Guinea, it is 64.2%.

have 32.4% more children


In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Papua New Guinea, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Papua New Guinea, 215.0 women do.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 36.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 80.2% less likely to have access to electricity


In Panama, 91% of people have electricity access (94% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 18% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas).

be 82.2% less likely to have internet access


In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Papua New Guinea, about 9.6% do.

be 57.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Panama, approximately 95% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 40% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 46.2% less on healthcare


Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 4.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 2.1 times more coastline


Panama has a total of 2,490 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 Panama? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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