Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.9 years longer


In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Greece, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

Economy

be 4.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Greece, that number is 22.3%.

be 2.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Greece, however, that number is 36.0%.

spend 50.0% more on taxes


Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Greece, the top tax rate is 48.0%.

Life

have 11.6% less children


In Poland, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Greece, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 26.6% more on healthcare


Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Greece, that number is 8.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 31.1 times more coastline


Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Greece, that number is 13,676 km.

Greece: At a glance

Greece is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 130,647 sq km. Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and other anti-communist and communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001. In 2010, the prospect of a Greek default on its euro-denominated debt created severe strains within the EMU and raised the question of whether a member country might voluntarily leave the common currency or be removed.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, GSIS, Greece, Ministry of Finance, Poland.

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