Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Macedonia instead of Moldova, you would:

Health

live 5.4 years longer


In Moldova, the average life expectancy is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women). In Macedonia, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 18.5% more likely to be obese


In Moldova, 18.9% of adults are obese. In Macedonia, that number is 22.4% of people.

Economy

make 2.6 times more money


Moldova has a GDP per capita of $5,700, while in Macedonia, the GDP per capita is $14,900.

spend 44.4% less on taxes


Moldova has a top tax rate of 18.0%. In Macedonia, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

be 5.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Moldova, 4.1% of adults are unemployed. In Macedonia, that number is 23.4%.

be 2.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Moldova, 9.6% live below the poverty line. In Macedonia, however, that number is 21.5%.

Life

be 65.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Moldova, approximately 23.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Macedonia, 8.0 women do.

be 38.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Moldova, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Macedonia, on the other hand, 7.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.4% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Moldova, approximately 88% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas). In Macedonia, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 36.9% less on healthcare


Moldova spends 10.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Macedonia, that number is 6.5% of GDP.

Macedonia: At a glance

Macedonia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 25,433 sq km. Macedonia gained its independence peacefully from Yugoslavia in 1991. Greece's objection to the new state's use of what it considered a Hellenic name and symbols delayed international recognition, which occurred under the provisional designation of "the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia." In 1995, Greece lifted a 20-month trade embargo and the two countries agreed to normalize relations, but the issue of the name remained unresolved and negotiations for a solution are ongoing. Since 2004, the US and over 130 other nations have recognized Macedonia by its constitutional name, Republic of Macedonia. Ethnic Albanian grievances over perceived political and economic inequities escalated into an insurgency in 2001 that eventually led to the internationally brokered Ohrid Framework Agreement, which ended the fighting and established guidelines for constitutional amendments and the creation of new laws that enhanced the rights of minorities. Although Macedonia became an EU candidate in 2005, the country still faces challenges, including fully implementing the Framework Agreement, improving relations with Bulgaria, carrying out democratic reforms, and stimulating economic growth and development. Macedonia's membership in NATO was blocked by Greece at the Alliance's Summit of Bucharest in 2008.

How big is Macedonia compared to Moldova? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, State tax Service, Public Revenue Office.

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