Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 8.7 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Venezuela, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 20.2% more likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Venezuela, that number is 25.6% of people.

Economy

make 3.3 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,100.

be 46.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Venezuela, however, that number is 19.7%.

spend 19.0% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Venezuela, the top tax rate is 34.0%.

be 10.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Venezuela, that number is 26.4%.

Life

be 55.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Venezuela, 95.0 women do.

be 51.2% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Venezuela, it is 97.1%.

be 66.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Venezuela, on the other hand, 12.2 children do.

have 20.7% less children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Venezuela, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.5 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 Venezuela, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 6.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Venezuela, about 60.0% do.

be 2.3 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 Venezuela, that number is 93% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 78% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 23.3% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Venezuela, that number is 5.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 45.7% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Venezuela, that number is 2,800 km.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

How big is Venezuela 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, Ministerio del Poder Popular de Finanzas, SENIAT, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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