Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.7 years less


In Japan, the average life expectancy is 86 years (83 years for men, 90 years for women) as of 2020. In Poland, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

be 5.4 times more likely to be obese


In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Poland, that number is 23.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 42.8% lower top tax rate


Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0% as of 2016. In Poland, the top tax rate is 32.0% as of 2016.

make 31.0% less money


Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,900 as of 2017, while in Poland, the GDP per capita is $29,600 as of 2017.

be 69.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Poland, that number is 4.9% as of 2017.

Life

be 60.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Poland, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

have 21.9% more children


In Japan, there are approximately 7.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Poland, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Japan, approximately 1.9 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Poland, on the other hand, 4.3 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 31.4% more on education


Japan spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Poland spends 4.6% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 98.5% less coastline


Japan has a total of 29,751 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 Japan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Poland, National Tax Agency Japan.

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