Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Panama instead of Philippines, you would:

Health

live 9.4 years longer


In Philippines, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women). In Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 3.5 times more likely to be obese


In Philippines, 6.4% of adults are obese. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people.

Economy

make 3.1 times more money


Philippines has a GDP per capita of $8,300, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400.

spend 21.9% less on taxes


Philippines has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Panama, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

Life

be 17.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Philippines, approximately 114.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Panama, 94.0 women do.

be 53.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Philippines, approximately 21.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.9 children do.

have 24.5% less children


In Philippines, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Panama, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 18.5% more on education


Philippines spends 2.7% of its total GDP on education. Panama spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 70.2% more on healthcare


Philippines spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Panama, that number is 8.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 93.1% less coastline


Philippines has a total of 36,289 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama compared to Philippines? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama, Bureau of Internal Revenue.

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