Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 9.1 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Tonga, that number is 76 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 2.3 times more likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Tonga, that number is 48.2% of people.

Economy

make 51.4% more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Tonga, the GDP per capita is $5,600.

be 56.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Tonga, that number is 1.1%.

be 39.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Tonga, however, that number is 22.5%.

Life

be 42.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tonga, 124.0 women do.

be 54.8% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Tonga, it is 99.4%.

be 68.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tonga, on the other hand, 11.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 5.3 times 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 Tonga, that number is 96% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 83% in rural areas).

be 4.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Tonga, about 40.0% 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 Tonga, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 20.9% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Tonga, that number is 5.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 91.9% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Tonga, that number is 419 km.

Tonga: At a glance

Tonga is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 717 sq km. Tonga - unique among Pacific nations - never completely lost its indigenous governance. The archipelagos of "The Friendly Islands" were united into a Polynesian kingdom in 1845. Tonga became a constitutional monarchy in 1875 and a British protectorate in 1900; it withdrew from the protectorate and joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970. Tonga remains the only monarchy in the Pacific.

How big is Tonga 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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