Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 62.4% less likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.0% of people as of 2016.

be 8.9 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Papua New Guinea, 0.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 7.1% of people as of 2018.

live 2.1 years less


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women) as of 2020. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 10.1 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700 as of 2017, while in Equatorial Guinea, the GDP per capita is $37,400 as of 2017.

pay a 16.7% lower top tax rate


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0% as of 2016. In Equatorial Guinea, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

be 3.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.6% as of 2014.

be 18.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line as of 2002. In Equatorial Guinea, however, that number is 44.0% as of 2011.

Life

be 48.4% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2% as of 2015. In Equatorial Guinea, it is 95.3% as of 2015.

have 36.4% more children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 22.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Equatorial Guinea, there are 30.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 145.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Equatorial Guinea, 301.0 women do as of 2017.

be 79.8% more likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 33.2 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Equatorial Guinea, on the other hand, 59.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 3.0 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 23% of people have electricity access (73% in urban areas, and 16% in rural areas) as of 2016. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 68% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 2.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 11.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Equatorial Guinea, about 26.2% do as of 2018.

be 57.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 43% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 36% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 68% of people on average (82% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 94.3% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 296 km.

Equatorial Guinea: At a glance

Equatorial Guinea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 28,051 sq km. Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President Teodoro Obiang NGUEMA MBASOGO has ruled the country since 1979 when he seized power in a coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996, 2002, and 2009 presidential elections - as well as the 1999, 2004, 2008, and 2013 legislative elections - were widely seen as flawed. The president exerts almost total control over the political system and has discouraged political opposition. Equatorial Guinea has experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil exporter. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production, resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, improvements in the population's living standards have been slow to develop.

How big is Equatorial Guinea 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, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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