Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 3.6 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Romania, that number is 22.5% of people.

Economy

make 46.7% more money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,500.

spend 64.4% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0%.

be 35.9% more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Romania, that number is 5.3%.

be 6.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Romania, however, that number is 22.4%.

Life

be 21.7% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Romania, on the other hand, 9.4 children do.

have 27.6% less children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Romania, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 11.8% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Romania, about 59.5% do.

Geography

see 98.4% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 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 China? 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), State Administration of Taxation.

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