Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 72.8% less likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Rwanda, that number is 5.8% of people.

be 3.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Papua New Guinea, 0.9% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Rwanda, that number is 2.7% of people.

live 3.0 years less


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Rwanda, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

spend 28.6% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Rwanda, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 43.2% less money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Rwanda, the GDP per capita is $2,100.

Life

be 18.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Rwanda, on the other hand, 29.7 children do.

have 29.5% more children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Rwanda, there are 30.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 34.9% more likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Rwanda, 290.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 16.7% 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 Rwanda, that number is 21% of people on average (67% in urban areas, and 5% in rural areas).

be 90.2% 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 Rwanda, that number is 76% of people on average (87% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 74.4% more on healthcare


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

Rwanda: At a glance

Rwanda is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 24,668 sq km. In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and began a civil war in 1990. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in a state-orchestrated genocide, in which Rwandans killed up to a million of their fellow citizens, including approximately three-quarters of the Tutsi population. The genocide ended later that same year when the predominantly Tutsi RPF, operating out of Uganda and northern Rwanda, defeated the national army and Hutu militias, and established an RPF-led government of national unity. Approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and former Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda, but several thousand remained in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, the former Zaire) and formed an extremist insurgency bent on retaking Rwanda, much as the RPF did in 1990. Rwanda held its first local elections in 1999 and its first post-genocide presidential and legislative elections in 2003. Rwanda in 2009 staged a joint military operation with the Congolese Army in DRC to rout out the Hutu extremist insurgency there, and Kigali and Kinshasa restored diplomatic relations. Rwanda also joined the Commonwealth in late 2009. In January 2013, Rwanda assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Rwanda 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, Rwanda Revenue Authority, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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