Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.3 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Solomon Islands, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 40.5% less money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Solomon Islands, the GDP per capita is $2,200.

Life

be 47.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Solomon Islands, 114.0 women do.

be 31.0% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Solomon Islands, it is 84.1%.

be 59.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Solomon Islands, on the other hand, 14.7 children do.

Basic Needs

be 27.8% 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 Solomon Islands, that number is 23% of people on average (62% in urban areas, and 13% in rural areas).

be 14.6% more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Solomon Islands, about 11.0% do.

be 2.0 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 Solomon Islands, that number is 81% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 18.6% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Solomon Islands, that number is 5.1% of GDP.

Solomon Islands: At a glance

Solomon Islands is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 27,986 sq km. The UK established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in the 1890s. Some of the most bitter fighting of World War II occurred on this archipelago. Self-government was achieved in 1976 and independence two years later. Ethnic violence, government malfeasance, and endemic crime have undermined stability and civil society. In June 2003, then Prime Minister Sir Allan KEMAKEZA sought the assistance of Australia in reestablishing law and order; the following month, an Australian-led multinational force arrived to restore peace and disarm ethnic militias. The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.

How big is Solomon 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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