Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.5 years longer


In Vanuatu, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Taiwan, that number is 80 years (77 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 18.6 times more money


Vanuatu has a GDP per capita of $2,700, while in Taiwan, the GDP per capita is $50,300.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Vanuatu, 1.7% of adults are unemployed. In Taiwan, that number is 3.8%.

Life

be 15.6% more likely to be literate


In Vanuatu, the literacy rate is 85.2%. In Taiwan, it is 98.5%.

be 70.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Vanuatu, approximately 14.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Taiwan, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

have 65.4% less children


In Vanuatu, there are approximately 24.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Taiwan, there are 8.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Vanuatu, approximately 24.0% of the population has internet access. In Taiwan, about 88.0% do.

Geography

see 38.0% less coastline


Vanuatu has a total of 2,528 km of coastline. In Taiwan, that number is 1,566 km.

Taiwan: At a glance

Taiwan is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 32,260 sq km. In 1895, military defeat forced China's Qing Dynasty to cede Taiwan to Japan. Taiwan came under Chinese Nationalist control after World War II. Following the communist victory on the mainland in 1949, 2 million Nationalists fled to Taiwan and established a government using the 1947 constitution drawn up for all of China. Beginning in the 1950s, the ruling authorities gradually democratized and incorporated the local population within the governing structure. This process expanded rapidly in the 1980s. In 2000, Taiwan underwent its first peaceful transfer of power from the Nationalist (Kuomintang or KMT) to the Democratic Progressive Party. Throughout this period, the island prospered and became one of East Asia's economic "Tigers." The dominant political issues continue to be management of sensitive relations between Taiwan and China - specifically the question of Taiwan's eventual status - as well as domestic priorities for economic reform and growth.

How big is Taiwan 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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