Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Romania instead of Barbados, you would:

Health

be 93.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Barbados, 1.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Romania, that number is 0.1% of people.

Economy

make 31.0% more money


Barbados has a GDP per capita of $18,700, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,500.

be 49.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Barbados, 10.5% of adults are unemployed. In Romania, that number is 5.3%.

spend 52.2% less on taxes


Barbados has a top tax rate of 33.5%. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0%.

Life

have 23.9% less children


In Barbados, there are approximately 11.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Romania, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 25.2% less likely to have internet access


In Barbados, approximately 79.5% of the population has internet access. In Romania, about 59.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 39.2% less on education


Barbados spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. Romania spends 3.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 25.3% less on healthcare


Barbados spends 7.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Romania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 2.3 times more coastline


Barbados has a total of 97 km of coastline. In Romania, that number is 225 km.

Romania: At a glance

Romania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 229,891 sq km. The principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia - for centuries under the suzerainty of the Turkish Ottoman Empire - secured their autonomy in 1856; they were de facto linked in 1859 and formally united in 1862 under the new name of Romania. The country gained recognition of its independence in 1878. It joined the Allied Powers in World War I and acquired new territories - most notably Transylvania - following the conflict. In 1940, Romania allied with the Axis powers and participated in the 1941 German invasion of the USSR. Three years later, overrun by the Soviets, Romania signed an armistice. The post-war Soviet occupation led to the formation of a communist "people's republic" in 1947 and the abdication of the king. The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae CEAUSESCU, who took power in 1965, and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. CEAUSESCU was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Former communists dominated the government until 1996 when they were swept from power. Romania joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Romania compared to Barbados? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), Ministry of Finance, Barbados.

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