Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 14.8 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Sweden, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 13.9 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,500.

be 59.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Sweden, however, that number is 15.0%.

be 2.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Sweden, that number is 6.6%.

spend 36.0% more on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Sweden, the top tax rate is 57.1%.

Life

be 98.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sweden, 4.0 women do.

be 92.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do.

have 48.9% less children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Sweden, there are 12.1 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 Sweden, 100% of the population do.

be 9.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Sweden, about 91.5% 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 Sweden, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.8 times more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sweden, that number is 11.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 37.5% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden 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, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea, Skatteverket.

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