Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.9 years longer

In Sudan, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women).

be 3.2 times more likely to be obese

In Sudan, 6.6% of adults are obese. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 21.3% of people.


be 87.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Sudan, 19.6% of adults are unemployed. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5%.

be 20.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Sudan, 46.5% live below the poverty line. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0%.

make 19.6% less money

Sudan has a GDP per capita of $4,600, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

spend 2.8 times more on taxes

Sudan has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Papua New Guinea, the top tax rate is 42.0%.


be 30.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Sudan, approximately 311.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Papua New Guinea, 215.0 women do.

be 25.6% less likely to die during infancy

In Sudan, approximately 48.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Papua New Guinea, on the other hand, 36.3 children do.

be 15.4% less likely to be literate

In Sudan, the literacy rate is 75.9%. In Papua New Guinea, it is 64.2%.

have 15.1% fewer children

In Sudan, there are approximately 27.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Papua New Guinea, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 48.6% less likely to have access to electricity

In Sudan, 35% of people have electricity access (63% in urban areas, and 21% 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 65.7% less likely to have internet access

In Sudan, approximately 28.0% of the population has internet access. In Papua New Guinea, about 9.6% do.

be 27.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Sudan, approximately 56% of people have improved drinking water access (66% in urban areas, and 50% 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 48.8% less on healthcare

Sudan spends 8.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 4.3% of GDP.


see 6.0 times more coastline

Sudan has a total of 853 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 Sudan? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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