Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.1 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Romania, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

make 6.6 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,500.

be 39.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Romania, however, that number is 22.4%.

spend 61.9% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0%.

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Romania, that number is 5.3%.

Life

be 85.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 215.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Romania, 31.0 women do.

be 53.9% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Romania, it is 98.8%.

be 74.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Romania, on the other hand, 9.4 children do.

have 62.4% less children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Romania, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.6 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Papua New Guinea, 18% of the population has electricity access. In Romania, 100% of the population do.

be 6.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Romania, about 59.5% do.

be 2.5 times more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 40% of people have improved drinking water access (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas). In Romania, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 30.2% more on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Romania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 95.6% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 km of coastline. In Romania, that number is 225 km.

Romania: At a glance

Romania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 229,891 sq km. The principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia - for centuries under the suzerainty of the Turkish Ottoman Empire - secured their autonomy in 1856; they were de facto linked in 1859 and formally united in 1862 under the new name of Romania. The country gained recognition of its independence in 1878. It joined the Allied Powers in World War I and acquired new territories - most notably Transylvania - following the conflict. In 1940, Romania allied with the Axis powers and participated in the 1941 German invasion of the USSR. Three years later, overrun by the Soviets, Romania signed an armistice. The post-war Soviet occupation led to the formation of a communist "people's republic" in 1947 and the abdication of the king. The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae CEAUSESCU, who took power in 1965, and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. CEAUSESCU was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Former communists dominated the government until 1996 when they were swept from power. Romania joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Romania 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, National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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