Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Dominican Republic instead of Russia, you would:


be 25.0% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Russia, 1.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Dominican Republic, that number is 0.9% of people.

live 7.3 years longer

In Russia, the average life expectancy is 71 years (65 years for men, 77 years for women). In Dominican Republic, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 19.5% more likely to be obese

In Russia, 23.1% of adults are obese. In Dominican Republic, that number is 27.6% of people.


make 39.2% less money

Russia has a GDP per capita of $27,800, while in Dominican Republic, the GDP per capita is $16,900.

be 2.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Russia, 13.3% live below the poverty line. In Dominican Republic, however, that number is 30.5%.

spend 92.3% more on taxes

Russia has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Dominican Republic, the top tax rate is 25.0%.


have 67.3% more children

In Russia, there are approximately 11.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Dominican Republic, there are 18.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Russia, approximately 25.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Dominican Republic, 92.0 women do.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during infancy

In Russia, approximately 6.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Dominican Republic, on the other hand, 17.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 19.8% less likely to have internet access

In Russia, approximately 76.4% of the population has internet access. In Dominican Republic, about 61.3% do.

be 12.6% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Russia, approximately 97% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 91% in rural areas). In Dominican Republic, that number is 85% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).


spend 38.0% less on healthcare

Russia spends 7.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Dominican Republic, that number is 4.4% of GDP.


see 96.6% less coastline

Russia has a total of 37,653 km of coastline. In Dominican Republic, that number is 1,288 km.

Dominican Republic: At a glance

Dominican Republic is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 48,320 sq km. The Taino - indigenous inhabitants of Hispaniola prior to the arrival of the Europeans - divided the island into five chiefdoms and territories. Christopher COLUMBUS explored and claimed the island on his first voyage in 1492; it became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French dominion over the western third of the island, which in 1804 became Haiti. The remainder of the island, by then known as Santo Domingo, sought to gain its own independence in 1821 but was conquered and ruled by the Haitians for 22 years; it finally attained independence as the Dominican Republic in 1844. In 1861, the Dominicans voluntarily returned to the Spanish Empire, but two years later they launched a war that restored independence in 1865. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative rule followed, capped by the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas TRUJILLO from 1930 to 1961. Juan BOSCH was elected president in 1962 but was deposed in a military coup in 1963. In 1965, the United States led an intervention in the midst of a civil war sparked by an uprising to restore BOSCH. In 1966, Joaquin BALAGUER defeated BOSCH in an election to become president. BALAGUER maintained a tight grip on power for most of the next 30 years when international reaction to flawed elections forced him to curtail his term in 1996. Since then, regular competitive elections have been held in which opposition candidates have won the presidency. Former President Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna (first term 1996-2000) won election to a new term in 2004 following a constitutional amendment allowing presidents to serve more than one term, and was later reelected to a second consecutive term. In 2012, Danilo MEDINA Sanchez was elected president.

How big is Dominican Republic compared to Russia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Federal Tax Service of Russia, The World Factbook, Direccion General de Impuestos Internos.


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