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

Health

live 18.2 years longer

In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women) as of 2020. In Singapore, that number is 86 years (83 years for men, 89 years for women) as of 2020.

be 71.4% less likely to be obese

In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Singapore, that number is 6.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 25.4 times more money

Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700 as of 2017, while in Singapore, the GDP per capita is $94,100 as of 2017.

be 12.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Singapore, that number is 2.2% as of 2017.

pay a 47.6% lower top tax rate

Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0% as of 2016. In Singapore, the top tax rate is 22.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 94.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Papua New Guinea, approximately 145.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Singapore, 8.0 women do as of 2017.

be 51.6% more likely to be literate

In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2% as of 2015. In Singapore, it is 97.3% as of 2018.

be 93.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Papua New Guinea, approximately 33.2 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Singapore, on the other hand, 2.3 children do as of 2020.

have 60.4% fewer children

In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 22.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Singapore, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 4.4 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Papua New Guinea, approximately 23% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Singapore, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 7.9 times more likely to have internet access

In Papua New Guinea, approximately 11.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Singapore, about 88.2% do as of 2018.

be 2.3 times more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Papua New Guinea, approximately 43% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Singapore, 100% of people do as of 2017.

Geography

see 96.3% less coastline

Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Singapore, that number is 193 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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