Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 22.5% less likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Swaziland, that number is 16.5% of people.

be 30.4 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Papua New Guinea, 0.9% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Swaziland, that number is 27.4% of people.

live 15.2 years less


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Swaziland, that number is 52 years (53 years for men, 52 years for women).

Economy

make 2.7 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Swaziland, the GDP per capita is $9,900.

spend 21.4% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Swaziland, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

be 11.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Swaziland, that number is 28.0%.

be 70.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Swaziland, however, that number is 63.0%.

Life

be 36.3% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Swaziland, it is 87.5%.

be 80.9% more likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Swaziland, 389.0 women do.

be 33.3% more likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Swaziland, on the other hand, 48.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 50.0% 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 Swaziland, that number is 27% of people on average (40% in urban areas, and 24% in rural areas).

be 3.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Swaziland, about 28.6% do.

be 85.2% 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 Swaziland, that number is 74% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.2 times more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Swaziland, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

Swaziland: At a glance

Swaziland is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 17,204 sq km. Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties remains unclear. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

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


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

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