Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.8 years longer


In Moldova, the average life expectancy is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women). In Poland, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 22.2% more likely to be obese


In Moldova, 18.9% of adults are obese. In Poland, that number is 23.1% of people.

Economy

make 5.2 times more money


Moldova has a GDP per capita of $5,700, while in Poland, the GDP per capita is $29,500.

be 17.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Moldova, 4.1% of adults are unemployed. In Poland, that number is 4.8%.

be 83.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Moldova, 9.6% live below the poverty line. In Poland, however, that number is 17.6%.

spend 77.8% more on taxes


Moldova has a top tax rate of 18.0%. In Poland, the top tax rate is 32.0%.

Life

be 87.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Moldova, approximately 23.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Poland, 3.0 women do.

be 63.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Moldova, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Poland, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

have 17.4% less children


In Moldova, there are approximately 11.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Poland, there are 9.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 11.2% 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 Poland, that number is 98% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 26.9% less on education


Moldova spends 6.7% of its total GDP on education. Poland spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 37.9% less on healthcare


Moldova spends 10.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Poland, that number is 6.4% of GDP.

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 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, Ministry of Finance, Poland.

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