Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Puerto Rico instead of Netherlands, you would:

Economy

pay a 36.5% lower top tax rate


Netherlands has a top tax rate of 52.0% as of 2016. In Puerto Rico, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

make 26.9% less money


Netherlands has a GDP per capita of $53,900 as of 2017, while in Puerto Rico, the GDP per capita is $39,400 as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Netherlands, 4.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, that number is 10.8% as of 2017.

Life

be 4.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Netherlands, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Puerto Rico, 21.0 women do as of 2017.

be 71.4% more likely to die during infancy


In Netherlands, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, on the other hand, 6.0 children do as of 2020.

have 27.3% fewer children


In Netherlands, there are approximately 11.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Puerto Rico, there are 8.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 25.5% less likely to have internet access


In Netherlands, approximately 94.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Puerto Rico, about 70.6% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 10.9% more on education


Netherlands spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Puerto Rico spends 6.1% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Geography

see 11.1% more coastline


Netherlands has a total of 451 km of coastline. In Puerto Rico, that number is 501 km.

Puerto Rico: At a glance

Puerto Rico is a territory in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 8,959 sq km. Populated for centuries by aboriginal peoples, the island was claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1493 following Christopher COLUMBUS' second voyage to the Americas. In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly-elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self government. In plebiscites held in 1967, 1993, and 1998, voters chose not to alter the existing political status with the US, but the results of a 2012 vote left open the possibility of American statehood.

How big is Puerto Rico compared to Netherlands? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Puerto Rican Department of Treasury, Tax and Customs Administration - Belastingdienst.

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