Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.5 years longer


In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Japan, that number is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women).

be 81.4% less likely to be obese


In Poland, 23.1% of adults are obese. In Japan, that number is 4.3% of people.

Economy

make 45.1% more money


Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Japan, the GDP per capita is $42,800.

be 39.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Japan, that number is 2.9%.

spend 74.8% more on taxes


Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Japan, the top tax rate is 56.0%.

Life

be 54.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Japan, on the other hand, 2.0 children do.

be 66.7% more likely to die during childbirth


In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Japan, 5.0 women do.

have 18.9% less children


In Poland, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Japan, there are 7.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 25.5% more likely to have internet access


In Poland, approximately 73.3% of the population has internet access. In Japan, about 92.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 26.5% less on education


Poland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Japan spends 3.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 59.4% more on healthcare


Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Japan, that number is 10.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 67.6 times more coastline


Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Japan, that number is 29,751 km.

Japan: At a glance

Japan is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 364,485 sq km. In 1603, after decades of civil warfare, the Tokugawa shogunate (a military-led, dynastic government) ushered in a long period of relative political stability and isolation from foreign influence. For more than two centuries this policy enabled Japan to enjoy a flowering of its indigenous culture. Japan opened its ports after signing the Treaty of Kanagawa with the US in 1854 and began to intensively modernize and industrialize. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Japan became a regional power that was able to defeat the forces of both China and Russia. It occupied Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), and southern Sakhalin Island. In 1931-32 Japan occupied Manchuria, and in 1937 it launched a full-scale invasion of China. Japan attacked US forces in 1941 - triggering America's entry into World War II - and soon occupied much of East and Southeast Asia. After its defeat in World War II, Japan recovered to become an economic power and an ally of the US. While the emperor retains his throne as a symbol of national unity, elected politicians hold actual decision-making power. Following three decades of unprecedented growth, Japan's economy experienced a major slowdown starting in the 1990s, but the country remains a major economic power. In March 2011, Japan's strongest-ever earthquake, and an accompanying tsunami, devastated the northeast part of Honshu island, killing thousands and damaging several nuclear power plants. The catastrophe hobbled the country's economy and its energy infrastructure, and tested its ability to deal with humanitarian disasters.

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


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

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