Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.7 years less


In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Syria, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 20.3% more likely to be obese


In Poland, 23.1% of adults are obese. In Syria, that number is 27.8% of people.

Economy

spend 31.2% less on taxes


Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Syria, the top tax rate is 22.0%.

make 90.2% less money


Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Syria, the GDP per capita is $2,900.

be 10.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Syria, that number is 50.0%.

be 4.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Poland, 17.6% live below the poverty line. In Syria, however, that number is 82.5%.

Life

have 2.2 times more children


In Poland, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Syria, there are 21.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 22.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Poland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Syria, 68.0 women do.

be 13.4% less likely to be literate


In Poland, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Syria, it is 86.4%.

be 3.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Syria, on the other hand, 14.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 56.5% less likely to have internet access


In Poland, approximately 73.3% of the population has internet access. In Syria, about 31.9% do.

Expenditures

spend 48.4% less on healthcare


Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Syria, that number is 3.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 56.1% less coastline


Poland has a total of 440 km of coastline. In Syria, that number is 193 km.

Syria: At a glance

Syria is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 183,630 sq km. Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French administered the area as Syria until granting it independence in 1946. The new country lacked political stability, however, and experienced a series of military coups during its first decades. Syria united with Egypt in February 1958 to form the United Arab Republic. In September 1961, the two entities separated, and the Syrian Arab Republic was reestablished. In November 1970, Hafiz al-ASAD, a member of the socialist Ba'th Party and the minority Alawi sect, seized power in a bloodless coup and brought political stability to the country. In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel. During the 1990s, Syria and Israel held occasional peace talks over its return. Following the death of President al-ASAD, his son, Bashar al-ASAD, was approved as president by popular referendum in July 2000. Syrian troops - stationed in Lebanon since 1976 in an ostensible peacekeeping role - were withdrawn in April 2005. During the July-August 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizballah, Syria placed its military forces on alert but did not intervene directly on behalf of its ally Hizballah. In May 2007 Bashar al-ASAD's second term as president was approved by popular referendum. Influenced by major uprisings that began elsewhere in the region, antigovernment protests broke out in the southern province of Dar'a in March 2011 with protesters calling for the repeal of the restrictive Emergency Law allowing arrests without charge, the legalization of political parties, and the removal of corrupt local officials. Since then demonstrations and unrest have spread to nearly every city in Syria, but the size and intensity of protests have fluctuated over time. The government responded to unrest with a mix of concessions - including the repeal of the Emergency Law and approving new laws permitting new political parties and liberalizing local and national elections - and force. However, the government's response has failed to meet opposition demands for ASAD to step down, and the government's ongoing security operations to quell unrest and widespread armed opposition activity have led to extended violent clashes between government forces and oppositionists. International pressure on the ASAD regime has intensified since late 2011, as the Arab League, EU, Turkey, and the United States have expanded economic sanctions against the regime. Lakhdar BRAHIMI, current Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian crisis, in October 2012 began meeting with regional heads of state to assist in brokering a cease-fire. In December 2012, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces was recognized by more than 130 countries as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. Unrest persisted in 2013, and the death toll among Syrian Government forces, opposition forces, and civilians has topped 100,000. In January 2014, the Syrian Opposition Coalition and Syrian regime began peace talks at the UN sponsored Geneva II conference.

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

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