Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 17.3 years longer

In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Macau, that number is 85 years (82 years for men, 88 years for women).


make 30.2 times more money

Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Macau, the GDP per capita is $111,600.

be 20.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Macau, that number is 2.0%.

spend 71.4% less on taxes

Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Macau, the top tax rate is 12.0%.


be 50.3% more likely to be literate

In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Macau, it is 96.5%.

be 91.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Macau, on the other hand, 3.1 children do.

have 63.7% less children

In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Macau, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.1 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 Macau, that number is 91% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

be 8.1 times more likely to have internet access

In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Macau, about 77.6% do.


see 99.2% less coastline

Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Macau, that number is 41 km.

Macau: At a glance

Macau is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 28 sq km. Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 20 December 1999. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's political and economic system would not be imposed on Macau, and that Macau would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign affairs and defense for the subsequent 50 years.

How big is Macau 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, Secretariat for Economy and Finance, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.


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