Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 31.9% less likely to be obese


In Saudi Arabia, 35.4% of adults are obese. In Ukraine, that number is 24.1% of people.

live 3.4 years less


In Saudi Arabia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Ukraine, that number is 72 years (67 years for men, 77 years for women).

Economy

make 84.1% less money


Saudi Arabia has a GDP per capita of $54,800, while in Ukraine, the GDP per capita is $8,700.

be 63.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Saudi Arabia, 5.8% of adults are unemployed. In Ukraine, that number is 9.5%.

Life

be 40.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 13.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ukraine, on the other hand, 7.8 children do.

be 100.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 12.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Ukraine, 24.0 women do.

have 43.7% less children


In Saudi Arabia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Ukraine, there are 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 28.9% less likely to have internet access


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 73.8% of the population has internet access. In Ukraine, about 52.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 15.7% more on education


Saudi Arabia spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. Ukraine spends 5.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 51.1% more on healthcare


Saudi Arabia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ukraine, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

Ukraine: At a glance

Ukraine is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 579,330 sq km. Ukraine was the center of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe. Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, Kyivan Rus was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and eventually into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The cultural and religious legacy of Kyivan Rus laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism through subsequent centuries. A new Ukrainian state, the Cossack Hetmanate, was established during the mid-17th century after an uprising against the Poles. Despite continuous Muscovite pressure, the Hetmanate managed to remain autonomous for well over 100 years. During the latter part of the 18th century, most Ukrainian ethnographic territory was absorbed by the Russian Empire. Following the collapse of czarist Russia in 1917, Ukraine was able to achieve a short-lived period of independence (1917-20), but was reconquered and forced to endure a brutal Soviet rule that engineered two forced famines (1921-22 and 1932-33) in which over 8 million died. In World War II, German and Soviet armies were responsible for some 7 to 8 million more deaths. Although final independence for Ukraine was achieved in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR, democracy and prosperity remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform, privatization, and civil liberties. A peaceful mass protest "Orange Revolution" in the closing months of 2004 forced the authorities to overturn a rigged presidential election and to allow a new internationally monitored vote that swept into power a reformist slate under Viktor YUSHCHENKO. Subsequent internal squabbles in the YUSHCHENKO camp allowed his rival Viktor YANUKOVYCH to stage a comeback in parliamentary (Rada) elections and to become prime minister in August of 2006, and to be elected president in February 2010. In October 2012, Ukraine held Rada elections, widely criticized by Western observers as flawed due to use of government resources to favor ruling party candidates, interference with media access, and harassment of opposition candidates. President YANUKOVYCH's backtracking on a trade and cooperation agreement with the EU in November 2013 - in favor of closer economic ties with Russia - led to a three-month protest occupation of Kyiv's central square. The government's eventual use of force to break up the protest camp in February 2014 led to all out pitched battles, scores of deaths, international condemnation, and the president's abrupt departure to Russia. An interim government scheduled new presidential elections for 25 May 2014. On 1 March 2014, one week after the overthrow in Kyiv, Russian President PUTIN ordered the invasion of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula claiming the action was to protect ethnic Russians living there. On 16 March 2014, a "referendum" was held regarding the integration of Crimea into the Russian Federation. The "referendum" was condemned as illegitimate by the Ukrainian Government, the EU, the US, and the UN General Assembly. Russian forces now occupy Crimea and Russian authorities claim it as Russian territory. The Ukrainian Government asserts that Crimea remains part of Ukraine.

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

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