Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Greece instead of Serbia, you would:


live 5.0 years longer

In Serbia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women). In Greece, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 15.8% more likely to be obese

In Serbia, 21.5% of adults are obese. In Greece, that number is 24.9% of people.


make 84.7% more money

Serbia has a GDP per capita of $15,000, while in Greece, the GDP per capita is $27,700.

be 39.4% more likely to be unemployed

In Serbia, 16.0% of adults are unemployed. In Greece, that number is 22.3%.

be 4.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Serbia, 8.9% live below the poverty line. In Greece, however, that number is 36.0%.

spend 3.2 times more on taxes

Serbia has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Greece, the top tax rate is 48.0%.


be 82.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In Serbia, approximately 17.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Greece, 3.0 women do.

be 20.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Serbia, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Greece, on the other hand, 4.6 children do.


spend 22.1% less on healthcare

Serbia spends 10.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Greece, that number is 8.1% of GDP.

Greece: At a glance

Greece is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 130,647 sq km. Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and other anti-communist and communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001. In 2010, the prospect of a Greek default on its euro-denominated debt created severe strains within the EMU and raised the question of whether a member country might voluntarily leave the common currency or be removed.

How big is Greece compared to Serbia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, GSIS, Greece, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Serbia.


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