Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Australia instead of Tuvalu, you would:

Health

live 15.4 years longer


In Tuvalu, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 years for women). In Australia, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 43.8% less likely to be obese


In Tuvalu, 51.6% of adults are obese. In Australia, that number is 29.0% of people.

Economy

make 13.2 times more money


Tuvalu has a GDP per capita of $3,800, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $50,300.

Life

be 85.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Tuvalu, approximately 29.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Australia, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

have 48.9% less children


In Tuvalu, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Australia, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Tuvalu, 45% of the population has electricity access. In Australia, 100% of the population do.

be 91.7% more likely to have internet access


In Tuvalu, approximately 46.0% of the population has internet access. In Australia, about 88.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 43.0% less on healthcare


Tuvalu spends 16.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Australia, that number is 9.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 1073.3 times more coastline


Tuvalu has a total of 24 km of coastline. In Australia, that number is 25,760 km.

Australia: At a glance

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Australia compared to Tuvalu? 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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