Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.2 years longer


In Belarus, the average life expectancy is 74 years (68 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020. In Romania, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 30.2% more money


Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900 as of 2017, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,600 as of 2017.

be 6.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belarus, 0.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Romania, that number is 4.9% as of 2017.

be 3.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belarus, 5.7% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Romania, however, that number is 22.4% as of 2012.

pay a 23.1% higher top tax rate


Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0% as of 2017. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 9.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belarus, approximately 2.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Romania, 19.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belarus, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Romania, on the other hand, 8.7 children do as of 2020.

have 10.5% fewer children


In Belarus, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Romania, there are 8.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 10.7% less likely to have internet access


In Belarus, approximately 79.1% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Romania, about 70.7% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 35.4% less on education


Belarus spends 4.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Romania spends 3.1% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

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 Belarus? 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 for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.

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