If you lived in Palau instead of Thailand, you would:


live 3.0 years less

In Thailand, the average life expectancy is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2022. In Palau, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2022.

be 5.5 times more likely to be obese

In Thailand, 10.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people as of 2016.


be 71.7% more likely to be unemployed

In Thailand, 1.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Palau, that number is 1.7% as of 2015.

be 2.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Thailand, 9.9% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In Palau, however, that number is 24.9% as of 2006.


have 13.6% more children

In Thailand, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Palau, there are 11.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

be 74.3% more likely to die during infancy

In Thailand, approximately 6.5 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Palau, on the other hand, 11.3 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 53.8% less likely to have internet access

In Thailand, approximately 78.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Palau, about 36.0% do as of 2016.


spend 4.0 times more on healthcare

Thailand spends 3.8% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Palau, that number is 15.2% of GDP as of 2019.


see 52.8% less coastline

Thailand has a total of 3,219 km of coastline. In Palau, that number is 1,519 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

Palau: At a glance

Palau is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 459 sq km. After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986 but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence.
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