Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.8 years less


In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Lithuania, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 13.9% more likely to be obese


In Poland, 23.1% of adults are obese. In Lithuania, that number is 26.3% of people.

Economy

spend 53.1% less on taxes


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

be 45.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Lithuania, that number is 7.0%.

be 26.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Lithuania, however, that number is 22.2%.

Life

be 13.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Lithuania, on the other hand, 3.8 children do.

be 3.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Lithuania, 10.0 women do.

Geography

see 79.5% less coastline


Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Lithuania, that number is 90 km.

Lithuania: At a glance

Lithuania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 62,680 sq km. Lithuanian lands were united under MINDAUGAS in 1236; over the next century, through alliances and conquest, Lithuania extended its territory to include most of present-day Belarus and Ukraine. By the end of the 14th century Lithuania was the largest state in Europe. An alliance with Poland in 1386 led the two countries into a union through the person of a common ruler. In 1569, Lithuania and Poland formally united into a single dual state, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This entity survived until 1795 when its remnants were partitioned by surrounding countries. Lithuania regained its independence following World War I but was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence, but Moscow did not recognize this proclamation until September of 1991 (following the abortive coup in Moscow). The last Russian troops withdrew in 1993. Lithuania subsequently restructured its economy for integration into Western European institutions; it joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004. In January 2014, Lithuania assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2014-15 term.

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


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

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