Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.1 years less


In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

spend 28.1% less on taxes


Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

be 87.5% more likely to be unemployed


In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

be 44.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.

Life

be 6.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 18.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

Geography

see 13.2% more coastline


Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Latvia, that number is 498 km.

Latvia: At a glance

Latvia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 62,249 sq km. The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 28% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2014.

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


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

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