Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Congo, Democratic Republic Of instead of Poland, you would:


be 71.0% less likely to be obese

In Poland, 23.1% of adults are obese. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 6.7% of people.

live 20.1 years less

In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 58 years (56 years for men, 59 years for women).


make 97.3% less money

Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the GDP per capita is $800.

be 3.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, however, that number is 63.0%.


have 3.5 times more children

In Poland, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, there are 33.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 231.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 693.0 women do.

be 22.8% less likely to be literate

In Poland, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, it is 77.0%.

be 15.5 times more likely to die during infancy

In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, on the other hand, 68.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 91.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Poland, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 9% of the population do.

be 94.8% less likely to have internet access

In Poland, approximately 73.3% of the population has internet access. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, about 3.8% do.

be 46.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Poland, approximately 98% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas). In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 52% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 31% in rural areas).


spend 53.1% less on education

Poland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 2.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 32.8% less on healthcare

Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 4.3% of GDP.


see 91.6% less coastline

Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 37 km.

Congo, Democratic Republic Of: At a glance

Congo, Democratic Republic Of is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,267,048 sq km. Established as a Belgian colony in 1908, the then-Republic of the Congo gained its independence in 1960, but its early years were marred by political and social instability. Col. Joseph MOBUTU seized power and declared himself president in a November 1965 coup. He subsequently changed his name - to MOBUTU Sese Seko - as well as that of the country - to Zaire. MOBUTU retained his position for 32 years through several sham elections, as well as through brutal force. Ethnic strife and civil war, touched off by a massive inflow of refugees in 1994 from fighting in Rwanda and Burundi, led in May 1997 to the toppling of the MOBUTU regime by a rebellion backed by Rwanda and Uganda and fronted by Laurent KABILA. He renamed the country the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but in August 1998 his regime was itself challenged by a second insurrection again backed by Rwanda and Uganda. Troops from Angola, Chad, Namibia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe intervened to support KABILA's regime. In January 2001, KABILA was assassinated and his son, Joseph KABILA, was named head of state. In October 2002, the new president was successful in negotiating the withdrawal of Rwandan forces occupying the eastern DRC; two months later, the Pretoria Accord was signed by all remaining warring parties to end the fighting and establish a government of national unity. A transitional government was set up in July 2003; it held a successful constitutional referendum in December 2005 and elections for the presidency, National Assembly, and provincial legislatures took place in 2006. In 2009, following a resurgence of conflict in the eastern DRC, the government signed a peace agreement with the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), a primarily Tutsi rebel group. An attempt to integrate CNDP members into the Congolese military failed, prompting their defection in 2012 and the formation of the M23 armed group - named after the 23 March 2009 peace agreements. Renewed conflict has lead to the displacement of large numbers of people and significant human rights abuses. As of February 2013, peace talks between the Congolese government and the M23 were on-going. In addition, the DRC continues to experience violence committed by other armed groups including the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda and Mai Mai groups. In the most recent national elections, held in November 2011, disputed results allowed Joseph KABILA to be reelected to the presidency.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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