Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.7 years longer


In Turkey, the average life expectancy is 75 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Greece, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 22.4% less likely to be obese


In Turkey, 32.1% of adults are obese. In Greece, that number is 24.9% of people.

Economy

be 99.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Turkey, 11.2% of adults are unemployed. In Greece, that number is 22.3%.

be 64.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Turkey, 21.9% live below the poverty line. In Greece, however, that number is 36.0%.

spend 37.1% more on taxes


Turkey has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Greece, the top tax rate is 48.0%.

Life

be 81.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Turkey, approximately 16.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Greece, 3.0 women do.

be 73.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Turkey, approximately 17.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Greece, on the other hand, 4.6 children do.

have 46.5% fewer children


In Turkey, there are approximately 15.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Greece, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 18.5% more likely to have internet access


In Turkey, approximately 58.3% of the population has internet access. In Greece, about 69.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 50.0% more on healthcare


Turkey spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Greece, that number is 8.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 89.9% more coastline


Turkey has a total of 7,200 km of coastline. In Greece, that number is 13,676 km.

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 Turkey? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, GSIS, Greece, Revenue Administration, Government of Turkey.

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