Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.3 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).

be 88.9% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Papua New Guinea, 0.9% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Guyana, that number is 1.7% of people.

Economy

make 2.2 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

be 4.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.

Life

be 37.9% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Guyana, it is 88.5%.

be 16.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

have 35.0% less children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Guyana, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.4 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 Guyana, that number is 79% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas).

be 3.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% 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 Guyana, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 20.9% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guyana, that number is 5.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 91.1% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana 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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