Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 10.5% less likely to be obese

In Spain, 23.8% of adults are obese. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 21.3% of people.

live 14.5 years less

In Spain, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women).


be 85.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Spain, 17.1% of adults are unemployed. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5%.

make 90.3% less money

Spain has a GDP per capita of $38,300, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

be 75.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Spain, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0%.


have 2.6 times more children

In Spain, there are approximately 9.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Papua New Guinea, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 43.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Spain, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Papua New Guinea, 215.0 women do.

be 34.7% less likely to be literate

In Spain, the literacy rate is 98.3%. In Papua New Guinea, it is 64.2%.

be 11.0 times more likely to die during infancy

In Spain, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 36.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 82.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Spain, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Papua New Guinea, 18% of the population do.

be 88.1% less likely to have internet access

In Spain, approximately 80.6% of the population has internet access. In Papua New Guinea, about 9.6% do.

be 60.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Spain, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 40% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas).


spend 52.2% less on healthcare

Spain spends 9.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 4.3% of GDP.

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 Spain? 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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