Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.1 years less

In Philippines, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women).

be 3.3 times more likely to be obese

In Philippines, 6.4% of adults are obese. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 21.3% of people.


be 56.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Philippines, 5.7% of adults are unemployed. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5%.

make 55.4% less money

Philippines has a GDP per capita of $8,300, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

be 71.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Philippines, 21.6% live below the poverty line. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0%.

spend 31.2% more on taxes

Philippines has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Papua New Guinea, the top tax rate is 42.0%.


be 88.6% more likely to die during childbirth

In Philippines, approximately 114.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Papua New Guinea, 215.0 women do.

be 33.3% less likely to be literate

In Philippines, the literacy rate is 96.3%. In Papua New Guinea, it is 64.2%.

be 69.6% more likely to die during infancy

In Philippines, approximately 21.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 36.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 79.5% less likely to have access to electricity

In Philippines, 88% of people have electricity access (94% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 18% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas).

be 82.7% less likely to have internet access

In Philippines, approximately 55.5% of the population has internet access. In Papua New Guinea, about 9.6% do.

be 56.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Philippines, approximately 92% of people have improved drinking water access (94% in urban areas, and 90% in rural areas). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 40% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas).


see 85.8% less coastline

Philippines has a total of 36,289 km of coastline. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 5,152 km.

Papua New Guinea: At a glance

Papua New Guinea (sometimes abbreviated PNG) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 452,860 sq km. The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.


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