Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Fiji instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 16.6% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Fiji, that number is 30.2% of people.

live 7.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Fiji, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

spend 49.5% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Fiji, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 83.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Fiji, the GDP per capita is $9,800.

be 25.0% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Fiji, that number is 5.5%.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Fiji, however, that number is 31.0%.

Life

have 48.8% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Fiji, there are 18.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Fiji, 30.0 women do.

be 63.8% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Fiji, on the other hand, 9.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 41.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Fiji, 59% of the population do.

be 39.0% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Fiji, about 46.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 22.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Fiji spends 3.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 73.7% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Fiji, that number is 4.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 94.3% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Fiji, that number is 1,129 km.

Learn more about Fiji

Fiji is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 18,274 sq km. Fiji became independent in 1970 after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987 caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a civilian-led coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE. Re-elected in May 2006, QARASE was ousted in a December 2006 military coup led by Commodore Voreqe BAINIMARAMA, who initially appointed himself acting president but in January 2007 became interim prime minister. Since taking power BAINIMARAMA has neutralized his opponents, crippled Fiji's democratic institutions, and initially refused to hold elections. In 2012, he promised to hold elections in 2014.

How big is Fiji compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority.