Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.5 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Jordan, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 66.7% more likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Jordan, that number is 35.5% of people.

Economy

make 3.4 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Jordan, the GDP per capita is $12,500.

be 61.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Jordan, however, that number is 14.2%.

spend 52.4% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Jordan, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

be 7.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Jordan, that number is 18.5%.

Life

be 73.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jordan, 58.0 women do.

be 48.6% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Jordan, it is 95.4%.

be 60.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jordan, on the other hand, 14.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 5.5 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 Jordan, that number is 100% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 6.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Jordan, about 62.3% do.

be 2.4 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 Jordan, that number is 97% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 74.4% more on healthcare


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

Geography

see 99.5% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Jordan, that number is 26 km.

Jordan: At a glance

Jordan is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 88,802 sq km. Following World War I and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the League of Nations awarded Britain the mandate to govern much of the Middle East. Britain demarcated a semi-autonomous region of Transjordan from Palestine in the early 1920s. The area gained its independence in 1946 and thereafter became The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The country's long-time ruler, King HUSSEIN (1953-99), successfully navigated competing pressures from the major powers (US, USSR, and UK), various Arab states, Israel, and a large internal Palestinian population. Jordan lost the West Bank to Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. King HUSSEIN in 1988 permanently relinquished Jordanian claims to the West Bank; in 1994 he signed a peace treaty with Israel. King ABDALLAH II, King HUSSEIN's eldest son, assumed the throne following his father's death in 1999. He implemented modest political and economic reforms, but in the wake of the "Arab Revolution" across the Middle East, Jordanians continue to press for further political liberalization, government reforms, and economic improvements. In January 2014, Jordan assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2014-15 term.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Jordan Tax Service, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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