Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Belarus instead of Poland, you would:

Health

live 4.8 years less


In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Belarus, that number is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

be 79.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Belarus, that number is 1.0%.

be 67.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7%.

spend 59.4% less on taxes


Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 35.9% less money


Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Belarus, the GDP per capita is $18,900.

Life

be 18.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belarus, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

be 33.3% more likely to die during childbirth


In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belarus, 4.0 women do.

Expenditures

spend 10.9% less on healthcare


Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belarus, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

Belarus: At a glance

Belarus is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 202,900 sq km. After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than have any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country's first directly elected president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means and a centralized economic system. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

How big is Belarus compared to Poland? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Poland, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.

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