Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Bulgaria instead of Ireland, you would:


live 6.2 years less

In Ireland, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 83 years for women). In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women).


spend 79.2% less on taxes

Ireland has a top tax rate of 48.0%. In Bulgaria, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

make 71.3% less money

Ireland has a GDP per capita of $75,500, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,700.

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Ireland, 8.2% live below the poverty line. In Bulgaria, however, that number is 23.4%.


be 37.5% more likely to die during childbirth

In Ireland, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bulgaria, 11.0 women do.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during infancy

In Ireland, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

have 38.3% fewer children

In Ireland, there are approximately 14.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Bulgaria, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 27.3% less likely to have internet access

In Ireland, approximately 82.2% of the population has internet access. In Bulgaria, about 59.8% do.


spend 16.3% less on education

Ireland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Bulgaria spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.


see 75.6% less coastline

Ireland has a total of 1,448 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Bulgaria compared to Ireland? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Revenue Agency, Bulgaria, The Office of the Revenue Commissioners.


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