Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Moldova instead of Saudi Arabia, you would:

Health

be 46.6% less likely to be obese


In Saudi Arabia, 35.4% of adults are obese. In Moldova, that number is 18.9% of people.

live 4.5 years less


In Saudi Arabia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Moldova, that number is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

be 29.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Saudi Arabia, 5.8% of adults are unemployed. In Moldova, that number is 4.1%.

make 89.6% less money


Saudi Arabia has a GDP per capita of $54,800, while in Moldova, the GDP per capita is $5,700.

Life

be 91.7% more likely to die during childbirth


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 12.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Moldova, 23.0 women do.

have 37.2% less children


In Saudi Arabia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Moldova, there are 11.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 31.4% more on education


Saudi Arabia spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. Moldova spends 6.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.2 times more on healthcare


Saudi Arabia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Moldova, that number is 10.3% of GDP.

Moldova: At a glance

Moldova is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 32,891 sq km. Part of Romania during the interwar period, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although the country has been independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Nistru River supporting the separatist region of Transnistria, composed of a Slavic majority population (mostly Ukrainians and Russians), but with a sizeable ethnic Moldovan minority. One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a communist, Vladimir VORONIN, as its president in 2001. VORONIN served as Moldova's president until he resigned in September 2009, following the opposition's gain of a narrow majority in July parliamentary elections and the Communist Party's (PCRM) subsequent inability to attract the three-fifths of parliamentary votes required to elect a president and, by doing so, put into place a permanent government. Four Moldovan opposition parties formed a new coalition, the Alliance for European Integration (AEI), iterations of which have acted as Moldova's governing coalitions since. Moldova experienced significant political uncertainty between 2009 and early 2012, holding three general elections and numerous presidential ballots in parliament, all of which failed to secure a president. Following November 2010 parliamentary elections, a reconstituted AEI-coalition consisting of three of the four original AEI parties formed a government, and in March 2012 was finally able to elect an independent as president. As of late May 2013, the ruling coalition - comprised of two of the original AEI parties and a splinter group from a third - is called the Pro-European Coalition. In November 2013, the Moldovan Government initialed an Association Agreement with the European Union (EU), advancing the coalition's policy priority of EU integration.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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