Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 41.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 21.3% of people.

live 12.7 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

be 43.2% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5%.

make 93.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

be 2.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0%.

Life

have 89.6% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Papua New Guinea, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 15.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Papua New Guinea, 215.0 women do.

be 6.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 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 United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Papua New Guinea, 18% of the population do.

be 87.4% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Papua New Guinea, about 9.6% do.

be 59.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Papua New Guinea, that number is 40% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 74.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 4.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 74.1% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 5,152 km.

Learn more about Papua New Guinea

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 United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.