Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 3.6 years longer

In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Netherlands, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 11.7% less likely to be obese

In Poland, 23.1% of adults are obese. In Netherlands, that number is 20.4% of people.


make 81.7% more money

Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Netherlands, the GDP per capita is $53,600.

be 50.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Netherlands, however, that number is 8.8%.

spend 62.5% more on taxes

Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Netherlands, the top tax rate is 52.0%.


be 18.2% less likely to die during infancy

In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Netherlands, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 14.7% more children

In Poland, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Netherlands, there are 10.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Netherlands, 7.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 23.3% more likely to have internet access

In Poland, approximately 73.3% of the population has internet access. In Netherlands, about 90.4% do.


spend 12.2% more on education

Poland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Netherlands spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 70.3% more on healthcare

Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Netherlands, that number is 10.9% of GDP.

Netherlands: At a glance

Netherlands is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 33,893 sq km. The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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

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


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