Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.2 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Barbados, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 77.8% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Papua New Guinea, 0.9% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Barbados, that number is 1.6% of people.

Economy

make 5.1 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,700.

spend 20.2% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5%.

be 4.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Barbados, that number is 10.5%.

Life

be 87.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Barbados, 27.0 women do.

be 71.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Barbados, on the other hand, 10.2 children do.

have 50.6% less children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Barbados, there are 11.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.1 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Papua New Guinea, 18% of people have electricity access (72% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas). In Barbados, that number is 91% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 8.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Barbados, about 79.5% do.

be 2.5 times more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 40% of people have improved drinking water access (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas). In Barbados, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 74.4% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Barbados, that number is 7.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.1% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Barbados, that number is 97 km.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

How big is Barbados compared to Papua New Guinea? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Barbados, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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