Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Russia instead of Estonia, you would:

Health

be 71.4% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Estonia, 0.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Russia, that number is 1.2% of people.

live 5.9 years less


In Estonia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women). In Russia, that number is 71 years (65 years for men, 77 years for women).

Economy

be 37.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Estonia, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Russia, however, that number is 13.3%.

spend 35.0% less on taxes


Estonia has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Russia, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 12.6% less money


Estonia has a GDP per capita of $31,800, while in Russia, the GDP per capita is $27,800.

Life

be 2.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Estonia, approximately 9.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Russia, 25.0 women do.

be 78.9% more likely to die during infancy


In Estonia, approximately 3.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Russia, on the other hand, 6.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.4% less likely to have internet access


In Estonia, approximately 87.2% of the population has internet access. In Russia, about 76.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 30.9% less on education


Estonia spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Russia spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 10.9% more on healthcare


Estonia spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Russia, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 9.9 times more coastline


Estonia has a total of 3,794 km of coastline. In Russia, that number is 37,653 km.

Russia: At a glance

Russia is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 16,377,742 sq km. Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new ROMANOV Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state in which the leadership seeks to legitimize its rule through managed national elections, populist appeals by President PUTIN, and continued economic growth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

How big is Russia compared to Estonia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Estonian Tax and Customs Board, The World Factbook, Federal Tax Service of Russia.

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