Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Estonia instead of Russia, you would:


be 41.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Russia, 1.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Estonia, that number is 0.7% of people.

live 5.9 years longer

In Russia, the average life expectancy is 71 years (65 years for men, 77 years for women). In Estonia, that number is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women).


make 14.4% more money

Russia has a GDP per capita of $27,800, while in Estonia, the GDP per capita is $31,800.

be 58.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Russia, 13.3% live below the poverty line. In Estonia, however, that number is 21.1%.

spend 53.8% more on taxes

Russia has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Estonia, the top tax rate is 20.0%.


be 64.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Russia, approximately 25.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Estonia, 9.0 women do.

be 44.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Russia, approximately 6.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Estonia, on the other hand, 3.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 14.1% more likely to have internet access

In Russia, approximately 76.4% of the population has internet access. In Estonia, about 87.2% do.


spend 44.7% more on education

Russia spends 3.8% of its total GDP on education. Estonia spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.


see 89.9% less coastline

Russia has a total of 37,653 km of coastline. In Estonia, that number is 3,794 km.

Estonia: At a glance

Estonia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 42,388 sq km. After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US - it regained its freedom in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic and political ties with the West. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004, formally joined the OECD in late 2010, and adopted the euro as its official currency on 1 January 2011.

How big is Estonia 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, Estonian Tax and Customs Board.


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