Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Poland instead of Somalia, you would:

Health

live 25.0 years longer


In Somalia, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 55 years for women). In Poland, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 2.8 times more likely to be obese


In Somalia, 8.3% of adults are obese. In Poland, that number is 23.1% of people.

Life

be 99.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Somalia, approximately 732.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Poland, 3.0 women do.

be 95.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Somalia, approximately 94.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Poland, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

have 76.0% less children


In Somalia, there are approximately 39.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Poland, there are 9.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 6.7 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Somalia, 15% of the population has electricity access. In Poland, 100% of the population do.

be 38.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Somalia, approximately 1.9% of the population has internet access. In Poland, about 73.3% do.

be 3.1 times more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Somalia, approximately 32% of people have improved drinking water access (70% in urban areas, and 9% in rural areas). In Poland, that number is 98% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

Geography

see 85.5% less coastline


Somalia has a total of 3,025 km of coastline. In Poland, that number is 440 km.

Poland: At a glance

Poland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,255 sq km. Poland's history as a state begins near the middle of the 10th century. By the mid-16th century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ruled a vast tract of land in central and eastern Europe. During the 18th century, internal disorders weakened the nation, and in a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland among themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force with over ten million members. Free elections in 1989 and 1990 won Solidarity control of the parliament and the presidency, bringing the communist era to a close. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed and with large investments in defense, energy, and other infrastructure, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.

How big is Poland compared to Somalia? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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