Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.4 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Vanuatu, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 18.3% more likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Vanuatu, that number is 25.2% of people.

Economy

be 32.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Vanuatu, that number is 1.7%.

make 27.0% less money


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

Life

be 63.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Vanuatu, 78.0 women do.

be 32.7% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Vanuatu, it is 85.2%.

be 60.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Vanuatu, on the other hand, 14.4 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 Vanuatu, that number is 27% of people on average (55% in urban areas, and 18% in rural areas).

be 2.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Vanuatu, about 24.0% do.

be 2.4 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 Vanuatu, that number is 94% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 16.3% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Vanuatu, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 50.9% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Vanuatu, that number is 2,528 km.

Vanuatu: At a glance

Vanuatu is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 12,189 sq km. Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.

How big is Vanuatu 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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