Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 4.3 years longer

In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Sweden, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 10.8% less likely to be obese

In Poland, 23.1% of adults are obese. In Sweden, that number is 20.6% of people.


make 74.6% more money

Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,500.

be 14.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Sweden, however, that number is 15.0%.

be 37.5% more likely to be unemployed

In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Sweden, that number is 6.6%.

spend 78.4% more on taxes

Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Sweden, the top tax rate is 57.1%.


be 40.9% less likely to die during infancy

In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do.

have 27.4% more children

In Poland, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Sweden, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 33.3% more likely to die during childbirth

In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sweden, 4.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 24.8% more likely to have internet access

In Poland, approximately 73.3% of the population has internet access. In Sweden, about 91.5% do.


spend 57.1% more on education

Poland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Sweden spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 85.9% more on healthcare

Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sweden, that number is 11.9% of GDP.


see 7.3 times more coastline

Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden 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, Skatteverket.


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