Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Macedonia instead of Cyprus, you would:

Health

live 2.4 years less


In Cyprus, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Macedonia, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

spend 71.4% less on taxes


Cyprus has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Macedonia, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

make 59.7% less money


Cyprus has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Macedonia, the GDP per capita is $14,900.

be 98.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Cyprus, 11.8% of adults are unemployed. In Macedonia, that number is 23.4%.

Expenditures

spend 12.2% less on healthcare


Cyprus spends 7.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Macedonia, that number is 6.5% of GDP.

Macedonia: At a glance

Macedonia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 25,433 sq km. Macedonia gained its independence peacefully from Yugoslavia in 1991. Greece's objection to the new state's use of what it considered a Hellenic name and symbols delayed international recognition, which occurred under the provisional designation of "the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia." In 1995, Greece lifted a 20-month trade embargo and the two countries agreed to normalize relations, but the issue of the name remained unresolved and negotiations for a solution are ongoing. Since 2004, the US and over 130 other nations have recognized Macedonia by its constitutional name, Republic of Macedonia. Ethnic Albanian grievances over perceived political and economic inequities escalated into an insurgency in 2001 that eventually led to the internationally brokered Ohrid Framework Agreement, which ended the fighting and established guidelines for constitutional amendments and the creation of new laws that enhanced the rights of minorities. Although Macedonia became an EU candidate in 2005, the country still faces challenges, including fully implementing the Framework Agreement, improving relations with Bulgaria, carrying out democratic reforms, and stimulating economic growth and development. Macedonia's membership in NATO was blocked by Greece at the Alliance's Summit of Bucharest in 2008.

How big is Macedonia compared to Cyprus? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Inland Revenue Department of the Republic of Cyprus, The World Factbook, Public Revenue Office.

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