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

Health

live 5.1 years less

In Greece, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Romania, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 77.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Greece, 21.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Romania, that number is 4.9% as of 2017.

be 37.8% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Greece, 36.0% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Romania, however, that number is 22.4% as of 2012.

pay a 66.7% lower top tax rate

Greece has a top tax rate of 48.0% as of 2016. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0% as of 2016.

make 11.5% less money

Greece has a GDP per capita of $27,800 as of 2017, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,600 as of 2017.

Life

be 6.3 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Greece, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Romania, 19.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.4 times more likely to die during infancy

In Greece, approximately 3.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Romania, on the other hand, 8.7 children do as of 2020.

Geography

see 98.4% less coastline

Greece has a total of 13,676 km of coastline. In Romania, that number is 225 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), GSIS, Greece.

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.
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