Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.4 years less


In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Romania, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

spend 50.0% less on taxes


Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0%.

make 16.9% less money


Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,500.

be 10.4% more likely to be unemployed


In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Romania, that number is 5.3%.

be 27.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Romania, however, that number is 22.4%.

Life

be 10.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Romania, 31.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Romania, on the other hand, 9.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 18.8% less likely to have internet access


In Poland, approximately 73.3% of the population has internet access. In Romania, about 59.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 36.7% less on education


Poland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Romania spends 3.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 12.5% less on healthcare


Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Romania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 48.9% less coastline


Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Romania, that number is 225 km.

Romania: At a glance

Romania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 229,891 sq km. The principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia - for centuries under the suzerainty of the Turkish Ottoman Empire - secured their autonomy in 1856; they were de facto linked in 1859 and formally united in 1862 under the new name of Romania. The country gained recognition of its independence in 1878. It joined the Allied Powers in World War I and acquired new territories - most notably Transylvania - following the conflict. In 1940, Romania allied with the Axis powers and participated in the 1941 German invasion of the USSR. Three years later, overrun by the Soviets, Romania signed an armistice. The post-war Soviet occupation led to the formation of a communist "people's republic" in 1947 and the abdication of the king. The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae CEAUSESCU, who took power in 1965, and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. CEAUSESCU was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Former communists dominated the government until 1996 when they were swept from power. Romania joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), Ministry of Finance, Poland.

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