Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 5.2 years less

In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Guatemala, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).


be 52.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3%.

spend 78.1% less on taxes

Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0%.

make 72.5% less money

Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,100.

be 3.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3%.


have 2.5 times more children

In Poland, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Guatemala, there are 24.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 29.3 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guatemala, 88.0 women do.

be 18.3% less likely to be literate

In Poland, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Guatemala, it is 81.5%.

be 4.8 times more likely to die during infancy

In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 22.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Poland, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Guatemala, 78% of the population do.

be 52.9% less likely to have internet access

In Poland, approximately 73.3% of the population has internet access. In Guatemala, about 34.5% do.


spend 42.9% less on education

Poland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

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

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


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