Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 13.4 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Greece, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 16.9% more likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Greece, that number is 24.9% of people.

Economy

make 7.5 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Greece, the GDP per capita is $27,700.

be 8.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Greece, that number is 22.3%.

spend 14.3% more on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Greece, the top tax rate is 48.0%.

Life

be 98.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Greece, 3.0 women do.

be 52.2% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Greece, it is 97.7%.

be 87.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Greece, on the other hand, 4.6 children do.

have 64.6% fewer children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Greece, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.6 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Papua New Guinea, 18% of the population has electricity access. In Greece, 100% of the population do.

be 7.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Greece, about 69.1% 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 Greece, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 88.4% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Greece, that number is 8.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 2.7 times more coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Greece, that number is 13,676 km.

Greece: At a glance

Greece is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 130,647 sq km. Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and other anti-communist and communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001. In 2010, the prospect of a Greek default on its euro-denominated debt created severe strains within the EMU and raised the question of whether a member country might voluntarily leave the common currency or be removed.

How big is Greece 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, GSIS, Greece, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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