Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Croatia instead of Finland, you would:


live 4.9 years less

In Finland, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Croatia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).


make 44.9% less money

Finland has a GDP per capita of $44,300, while in Croatia, the GDP per capita is $24,400.

be 44.2% more likely to be unemployed

In Finland, 8.6% of adults are unemployed. In Croatia, that number is 12.4%.


be 2.7 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Finland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Croatia, 8.0 women do.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy

In Finland, approximately 2.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Croatia, on the other hand, 9.3 children do.

have 16.8% less children

In Finland, there are approximately 10.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Croatia, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 17.1% less likely to have internet access

In Finland, approximately 87.7% of the population has internet access. In Croatia, about 72.7% do.


spend 36.1% less on education

Finland spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education. Croatia spends 4.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 19.6% less on healthcare

Finland spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Croatia, that number is 7.8% of GDP.


see 4.7 times more coastline

Finland has a total of 1,250 km of coastline. In Croatia, that number is 5,835 km.

Croatia: At a glance

Croatia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 55,974 sq km. The lands that today comprise Croatia were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the close of World War I. In 1918, the Croats, Serbs, and Slovenes formed a kingdom known after 1929 as Yugoslavia. Following World War II, Yugoslavia became a federal independent communist state under the strong hand of Marshal TITO. Although Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, it took four years of sporadic, but often bitter, fighting before occupying Serb armies were mostly cleared from Croatian lands, along with a majority of Croatia's ethnic Serb population. Under UN supervision, the last Serb-held enclave in eastern Slavonia was returned to Croatia in 1998. The country joined NATO in April 2009 and the EU in July 2013.

How big is Croatia compared to Finland? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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