Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.3 years less


In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 68.8% lower top tax rate


Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0% as of 2016. In Bulgaria, the top tax rate is 10.0% as of 2016.

make 26.4% less money


Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,600 as of 2017, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,800 as of 2017.

be 26.5% more likely to be unemployed


In Poland, 4.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2% as of 2017.

be 33.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Bulgaria, however, that number is 23.4% as of 2016.

Life

be 5.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Poland, approximately 2.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Bulgaria, 10.0 women do as of 2017.

be 88.4% more likely to die during infancy


In Poland, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.1 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 16.5% less likely to have internet access


In Poland, approximately 77.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Bulgaria, about 64.8% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 10.9% less on education


Poland spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Bulgaria spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2013.

Geography

see 19.5% less coastline


Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Revenue Agency, Bulgaria, Ministry of Finance, Poland.

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