Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.7 years less

In Denmark, the average life expectancy is 80 years (77 years for men, 82 years for women). In Poland, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 17.3% more likely to be obese

In Denmark, 19.7% of adults are obese. In Poland, that number is 23.1% of people.


be 17.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Denmark, 5.8% of adults are unemployed. In Poland, that number is 4.8%.

spend 42.7% less on taxes

Denmark has a top tax rate of 55.8%. In Poland, the top tax rate is 32.0%.

make 40.9% less money

Denmark has a GDP per capita of $49,900, while in Poland, the GDP per capita is $29,500.

be 31.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Denmark, 13.4% live below the poverty line. In Poland, however, that number is 17.6%.


be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth

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

be 10.0% more likely to die during infancy

In Denmark, approximately 4.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Poland, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 24.4% less likely to have internet access

In Denmark, approximately 97.0% of the population has internet access. In Poland, about 73.3% do.


spend 35.5% less on education

Denmark spends 7.6% of its total GDP on education. Poland spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 40.7% less on healthcare

Denmark spends 10.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Poland, that number is 6.4% of GDP.


see 94.0% less coastline

Denmark has a total of 7,314 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 Denmark? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Danish Central Tax Administration, Ministry of Finance, Poland.


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