Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 9.9 years less

In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Romania, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 5.2 times more likely to be obese

In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In Romania, that number is 22.5% of people.


spend 71.4% less on taxes

Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0%.

make 42.8% less money

Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,500.

be 82.8% more likely to be unemployed

In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Romania, that number is 5.3%.

be 39.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line. In Romania, however, that number is 22.4%.


have 15.6% more children

In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Romania, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.2 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Romania, 31.0 women do.

be 4.7 times more likely to die during infancy

In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Romania, on the other hand, 9.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 35.3% less likely to have internet access

In Japan, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access. In Romania, about 59.5% do.


spend 13.9% less on education

Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. Romania spends 3.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 45.1% less on healthcare

Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Romania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.


see 99.2% less coastline

Japan has a total of 29,751 km of coastline. In Romania, that number is 225 km.

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.

How big is Romania compared to Japan? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), National Tax Agency Japan.


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