Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Poland instead of Papua New Guinea, you would:

Health

live 10.5 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women) as of 2020. In Poland, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 8.0 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700 as of 2017, while in Poland, the GDP per capita is $29,600 as of 2017.

be 52.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line as of 2002. In Poland, however, that number is 17.6% as of 2015.

pay a 23.8% lower top tax rate


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0% as of 2016. In Poland, the top tax rate is 32.0% as of 2016.

be 96.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Poland, that number is 4.9% as of 2017.

Life

be 98.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 145.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Poland, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 55.5% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2% as of 2015. In Poland, it is 99.8% as of 2015.

be 87.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 33.2 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Poland, on the other hand, 4.3 children do as of 2020.

have 60.4% fewer children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 22.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Poland, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 4.4 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 23% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Poland, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 6.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 11.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Poland, about 77.5% do as of 2018.

be 2.3 times more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 43% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 36% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Poland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 91.5% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 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 Papua New Guinea? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea, Ministry of Finance, Poland.

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