United States compared to Greece

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make 53.2% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Greece Greece ($26,800 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Greece, the GDP per capita is $26,800.
Category: United States vs. Greece - GDP Per Capita

pay 21.2% more in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Greece Greece (48% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Greece, the top marginal tax rate is 48%.
Category: United States vs. Greece - Tax Rate

consume 59.3% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Greece Greece (4,919 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Greece, that number is 4,919 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Greece - Electricity Consumption

have 32% fewer babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Greece Greece (8.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Greece, that number is 8.5 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Greece - Birth Rate

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Greece Greece (36% of people - 2014 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Greece, that number is 36% of people.
Category: United States vs. Greece - Poverty Line

be 20.7% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Greece Greece (4.6 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Greece, on the other hand, 4.6 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Greece - Infant Mortality

be 5.2 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Greece Greece (24.6% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Greece, that number is 24.6% of people.
Category: United States vs. Greece - Unemployment

see 31.4% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Greece Greece (13,676 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Greece, that number is 13,676 km.
Category: United States vs. Greece - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and GSIS, Greece.


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A brief history of Greece

Greece is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 131,957 sq km. Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and other anti-communist and communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001. In 2010, the prospect of a Greek default on its euro-denominated debt created severe strains within the EMU and raised the question of whether a member country might voluntarily leave the common currency or be removed.

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