Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 0.8 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Tajikistan, that number is 68 years (65 years for men, 71 years for women).

be 33.3% less likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Tajikistan, that number is 14.2% of people.

Economy

be 14.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Tajikistan, however, that number is 31.5%.

spend 69.0% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Tajikistan, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 13.5% less money


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

Life

be 85.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tajikistan, 32.0 women do.

be 55.5% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Tajikistan, it is 99.8%.

be 12.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tajikistan, on the other hand, 31.8 children do.

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 Tajikistan, 100% of the population do.

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Tajikistan, about 20.5% do.

be 84.5% 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 Tajikistan, that number is 74% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 60.5% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Tajikistan, that number is 6.9% of GDP.

Tajikistan: At a glance

Tajikistan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 141,510 sq km. The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s and 1870s, but Russia's hold on Central Asia weakened following the Revolution of 1917. Bands of indigenous guerrillas (called "basmachi") fiercely contested Bolshevik control of the area, which was not fully reestablished until 1925. Tajikistan was first created as an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan in 1924, but the USSR designated Tajikistan a separate republic in 1929 and transferred to it much of present-day Sughd province. Ethnic Uzbeks form a substantial minority in Tajikistan. Tajikistan became independent in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union, and experienced a civil war between regional factions from 1992 to 1997. Tajikistan endured several domestic security incidents during 2010-12, including armed conflict between government forces and local strongmen in the Rasht Valley and between government forces and criminal groups in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. The country remains the poorest in the former Soviet sphere. Tajikistan became a member of the World Trade Organization in March 2013. However, its economy continues to face major challenges, including dependence on remittances from Tajikistanis working in Russia, pervasive corruption, and the major role narcotrafficking plays in the country's informal economy.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: National Center of Legislation under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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