Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.0 years longer


In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

Economy

make 29.8% more money


Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 3.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

be 19.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.

spend 40.6% more on taxes


Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 25.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 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 Spain, 5.0 women do.

Expenditures

spend 12.2% less on education


Poland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 40.6% more on healthcare


Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Spain, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 11.3 times more coastline


Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Spain, that number is 4,964 km.

Spain: At a glance

Spain is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 498,980 sq km. Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World War I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. More recently the government has had to focus on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008. Austerity measures implemented to reduce a large budget deficit and reassure foreign investors have led to one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.

How big is Spain 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, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.

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