Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 2.2 times more likely to be obese


In Vanuatu, 25.2% of adults are obese. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people.

Economy

make 6.0 times more money


Vanuatu has a GDP per capita of $2,700, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $16,200.

Life

be 13.4% more likely to be literate


In Vanuatu, the literacy rate is 85.2%. In Palau, it is 96.6%.

be 26.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Vanuatu, approximately 14.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Palau, on the other hand, 10.6 children do.

have 52.9% less children


In Vanuatu, there are approximately 24.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Palau, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Vanuatu, 27% of people have electricity access (55% in urban areas, and 18% in rural areas). In Palau, that number is 59% of people on average (62% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 50.0% more likely to have internet access


In Vanuatu, approximately 24.0% of the population has internet access. In Palau, about 36.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 80.0% more on healthcare


Vanuatu spends 5.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Palau, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 39.9% less coastline


Vanuatu has a total of 2,528 km of coastline. In Palau, that number is 1,519 km.

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.

How big is Palau compared to Vanuatu? 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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