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 as of 2016. In Poland, that number is 23.1% of people as of 2016.

live 3.8 years less

In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022. In Poland, that number is 79 years (75 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2022.

Economy

make 24.1% less money

New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $42,400 as of 2020, while in Poland, the GDP per capita is $32,200 as of 2020.

be 31.5% more likely to be unemployed

In New Zealand, 4.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Poland, that number is 5.4% as of 2019.

Life

be 77.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In New Zealand, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Poland, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 20.9% more likely to die during infancy

In New Zealand, approximately 3.4 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Poland, on the other hand, 4.2 children do as of 2022.

have 33.5% fewer children

In New Zealand, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Poland, there are 8.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

Expenditures

spend 23.3% less on education

New Zealand spends 6.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Poland spends 4.6% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

spend 33.0% less on healthcare

New Zealand spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Poland, that number is 6.5% of GDP as of 2019.

Geography

see 97.1% less coastline

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


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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.
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