Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.1 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Marshall Islands, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 2.5 times more likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Marshall Islands, that number is 52.9% of people.

Economy

be 14.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Marshall Islands, that number is 36.0%.

Life

be 53.1% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Marshall Islands, it is 98.3%.

be 46.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Marshall Islands, on the other hand, 19.3 children do.

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 Marshall Islands, that number is 59% of people on average (65% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 3.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Marshall Islands, about 29.8% 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 Marshall Islands, that number is 95% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 4.0 times more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Marshall Islands, that number is 17.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 92.8% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Marshall Islands, that number is 370 km.

Marshall Islands: At a glance

Marshall Islands (sometimes abbreviated RMI) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 181 sq km. After almost four decades under US administration as the easternmost part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Marshall Islands attained independence in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association. Compensation claims continue as a result of US nuclear testing on some of the atolls between 1947 and 1962. The Marshall Islands hosts the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) Reagan Missile Test Site, a key installation in the US missile defense network.

How big is Marshall Islands 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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