Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Poland instead of New Zealand, you would:

Health

be 25.0% less likely to be obese


In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese. In Poland, that number is 23.1% of people.

live 3.5 years less


In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women). In Poland, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

make 24.2% less money


New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $38,900, while in Poland, the GDP per capita is $29,500.

Life

be 72.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In New Zealand, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Poland, 3.0 women do.

have 28.0% less children


In New Zealand, there are approximately 13.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Poland, there are 9.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 17.2% less likely to have internet access


In New Zealand, approximately 88.5% of the population has internet access. In Poland, about 73.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 22.2% less on education


New Zealand spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Poland spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 41.8% less on healthcare


New Zealand spends 11.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Poland, that number is 6.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 97.1% less coastline


New Zealand has a total of 15,134 km of coastline. In Poland, that number is 440 km.

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 New Zealand? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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