Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Bulgaria instead of Australia, you would:

Health

be 13.8% less likely to be obese


In Australia, 29.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Bulgaria, that number is 25.0% of people as of 2016.

live 7.7 years less


In Australia, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 77.8% lower top tax rate


Australia has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Bulgaria, the top tax rate is 10.0% as of 2016.

make 56.7% less money


Australia has a GDP per capita of $50,400 as of 2017, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,800 as of 2017.

be 10.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Australia, 5.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2% as of 2017.

Life

be 66.7% more likely to die during childbirth


In Australia, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Bulgaria, 10.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Australia, approximately 3.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.1 children do as of 2020.

have 33.1% fewer children


In Australia, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Bulgaria, there are 8.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 25.2% less likely to have internet access


In Australia, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Bulgaria, about 64.8% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 22.6% less on education


Australia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Bulgaria spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2013.

Geography

see 98.6% less coastline


Australia has a total of 25,760 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Bulgaria compared to Australia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office, National Revenue Agency, Bulgaria.

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