Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 20.3% less likely to be obese


In Australia, 29.0% of adults are obese. In Poland, that number is 23.1% of people.

live 4.5 years less


In Australia, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women). In Poland, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

be 14.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Australia, 5.6% of adults are unemployed. In Poland, that number is 4.8%.

spend 28.9% less on taxes


Australia has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Poland, the top tax rate is 32.0%.

make 41.4% less money


Australia has a GDP per capita of $50,300, while in Poland, the GDP per capita is $29,500.

Life

be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Australia, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Poland, 3.0 women do.

have 21.5% less children


In Australia, there are approximately 12.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Poland, there are 9.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 16.9% less likely to have internet access


In Australia, approximately 88.2% of the population has internet access. In Poland, about 73.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 31.9% less on healthcare


Australia spends 9.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Poland, that number is 6.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.3% less coastline


Australia has a total of 25,760 km of coastline. In Poland, that number is 440 km.

Poland: At a glance

Poland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,255 sq km. Poland's history as a state begins near the middle of the 10th century. By the mid-16th century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ruled a vast tract of land in central and eastern Europe. During the 18th century, internal disorders weakened the nation, and in a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland among themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force with over ten million members. Free elections in 1989 and 1990 won Solidarity control of the parliament and the presidency, bringing the communist era to a close. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed and with large investments in defense, energy, and other infrastructure, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.

How big is Poland 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, Ministry of Finance, Poland.

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