Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 0.8 years less


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Kiribati, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 69 years for women).

be 2.2 times more likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Kiribati, that number is 46.0% of people.

Economy

make 45.9% less money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Kiribati, the GDP per capita is $2,000.

be 12.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Kiribati, that number is 30.6%.

Life

be 58.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Kiribati, 90.0 women do.

be 11.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Kiribati, on the other hand, 32.1 children do.

have 10.5% fewer children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Kiribati, there are 21.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.3 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 Kiribati, that number is 59% of people on average (77% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 42.7% more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Kiribati, about 13.7% do.

be 67.3% 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 Kiribati, that number is 67% of people on average (87% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.4 times more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Kiribati, that number is 10.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 77.8% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Kiribati, that number is 1,143 km.

Kiribati: At a glance

Kiribati is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 811 sq km. The Gilbert Islands became a British protectorate in 1892 and a colony in 1915; they were captured by the Japanese in the Pacific War in 1941. The islands of Makin and Tarawa were the sites of major US amphibious victories over entrenched Japanese garrisons in 1943. The Gilbert Islands were granted self-rule by the UK in 1971 and complete independence in 1979 under the new name of Kiribati. The US relinquished all claims to the sparsely inhabited Phoenix and Line Island groups in a 1979 treaty of friendship with Kiribati.

How big is Kiribati 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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