Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 73.7% less likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.6% of people.

live 11.4 years less


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Burkina Faso, that number is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women).

Economy

make 48.6% less money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900.

be 30.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0%.

Life

have 73.8% more children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Burkina Faso, there are 41.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 72.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Burkina Faso, 371.0 women do.

be 43.9% less likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Burkina Faso, it is 36.0%.

be 98.9% more likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 72.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 45.8% more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Burkina Faso, about 14.0% do.

be 2.1 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 Burkina Faso, that number is 82% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 16.3% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

How big is Burkina Faso 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.

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