Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 13.0 years longer


In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Palau, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 3.6 times more likely to be obese


In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people.

Economy

make 7.0 times more money


Zimbabwe has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $16,200.

be 85.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Palau, that number is 1.7%.

Life

be 67.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Palau, on the other hand, 10.6 children do.

be 11.7% more likely to be literate


In Zimbabwe, the literacy rate is 86.5%. In Palau, it is 96.6%.

have 67.0% less children


In Zimbabwe, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Palau, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 47.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In Zimbabwe, 40% of people have electricity access (80% in urban areas, and 21% in rural areas). In Palau, that number is 59% of people on average (62% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 55.8% more likely to have internet access


In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Palau, about 36.0% do.

be 23.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Zimbabwe, approximately 77% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Palau, that number is 95% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 40.6% more on healthcare


Zimbabwe spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Palau, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

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 Zimbabwe? 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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