Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.5 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Mauritius, that number is 76 years (72 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 49.3% less likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Mauritius, that number is 10.8% of people.

Economy

make 5.8 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Mauritius, the GDP per capita is $21,600.

be 78.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Mauritius, however, that number is 8.0%.

spend 64.3% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Mauritius, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 2.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Mauritius, that number is 6.9%.

Life

be 75.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mauritius, 53.0 women do.

be 44.4% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Mauritius, it is 92.7%.

be 73.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mauritius, on the other hand, 9.8 children do.

have 45.1% less children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritius, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.6 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Papua New Guinea, 18% of the population has electricity access. In Mauritius, 100% of the population do.

be 5.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Mauritius, about 53.2% 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 Mauritius, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 11.6% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mauritius, that number is 4.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 96.6% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Mauritius, that number is 177 km.

Mauritius: At a glance

Mauritius is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,030 sq km. Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.

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


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

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