Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.9 years less

In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Iraq, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 31.6% more likely to be obese

In Poland, 23.1% of adults are obese. In Iraq, that number is 30.4% of people.


spend 53.1% less on taxes

Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Iraq, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

make 42.4% less money

Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Iraq, the GDP per capita is $17,000.

be 3.3 times more likely to be unemployed

In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Iraq, that number is 16.0%.

be 30.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Iraq, however, that number is 23.0%.


have 3.2 times more children

In Poland, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Iraq, there are 30.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 16.7 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iraq, 50.0 women do.

be 20.1% less likely to be literate

In Poland, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Iraq, it is 79.7%.

be 8.5 times more likely to die during infancy

In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iraq, on the other hand, 37.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 71.1% less likely to have internet access

In Poland, approximately 73.3% of the population has internet access. In Iraq, about 21.2% do.

be 11.9% 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 Iraq, that number is 87% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 70% in rural areas).


spend 14.1% less on healthcare

Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iraq, that number is 5.5% of GDP.


see 86.8% less coastline

Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Iraq, that number is 58 km.

Iraq: At a glance

Iraq is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 437,367 sq km. Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was SADDAM Husayn. Territorial disputes with Iran led to an inconclusive and costly eight-year war (1980-88). In August 1990, Iraq seized Kuwait but was expelled by US-led, UN coalition forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991. Following Kuwait's liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime. US forces remained in Iraq under a UNSC mandate through 2009 and under a bilateral security agreement thereafter, helping to provide security and to train and mentor Iraqi security forces. In October 2005, Iraqis approved a constitution in a national referendum and, pursuant to this document, elected a 275-member Council of Representatives (COR) in December 2005. The COR approved most cabinet ministers in May 2006, marking the transition to Iraq's first constitutional government in nearly a half century. In January 2009 and April 2013, Iraq held elections for provincial councils in all governorates except for the three governorates comprising the Kurdistan Regional Government and Kirkuk Governorate. Iraq held a national legislative election in March 2010 - choosing 325 legislators in an expanded COR - and, after nine months of deadlock the COR approved the new government in December 2010. Nearly nine years after the start of the Second Gulf War in Iraq, US military operations there ended in mid-December 2011.

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


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