Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 22.1% less likely to be obese


In Malta, 28.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Romania, that number is 22.5% of people as of 2016.

live 6.8 years less


In Malta, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 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

pay a 54.3% lower top tax rate


Malta has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0% as of 2016.

make 41.3% less money


Malta has a GDP per capita of $41,900 as of 2017, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,600 as of 2017.

be 37.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Malta, 16.3% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Romania, however, that number is 22.4% as of 2012.

Life

be 3.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Malta, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Romania, 19.0 women do as of 2017.

be 89.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Malta, approximately 4.6 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.

have 14.1% fewer children


In Malta, there are approximately 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Romania, there are 8.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 13.2% less likely to have internet access


In Malta, approximately 81.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Romania, about 70.7% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 41.5% less on education


Malta spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Romania spends 3.1% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Geography

see 14.3% more coastline


Malta has a total of 197 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 Malta? 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), Government of Malta - Inland Revenue.

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