If you lived in Iraq instead of Ukraine, you would:


be 26.1% more likely to be obese

In Ukraine, 24.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iraq, that number is 30.4% of people as of 2016.


pay a 16.7% lower top tax rate

Ukraine has a top tax rate of 18.0% as of 2016. In Iraq, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.

make 25.0% less money

Ukraine has a GDP per capita of $12,400 as of 2020, while in Iraq, the GDP per capita is $9,300 as of 2020.

be 80.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Ukraine, 8.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Iraq, that number is 16.0% as of 2012.

be 20.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Ukraine, 1.1% live below the poverty line as of 2019. In Iraq, however, that number is 23.0% as of 2014.


have 2.6 times more children

In Ukraine, there are approximately 9.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Iraq, there are 24.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

be 4.2 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Ukraine, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iraq, 79.0 women do as of 2017.

be 49.8% less likely to be literate

In Ukraine, the literacy rate is 99.8% as of 2015. In Iraq, it is 50.1% as of 2018.

be 2.7 times more likely to die during infancy

In Ukraine, approximately 7.3 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Iraq, on the other hand, 19.6 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 36.5% less likely to have internet access

In Ukraine, approximately 94.5% of the population has internet access as of 2022. In Iraq, about 60.0% do as of 2020.


spend 36.6% less on healthcare

Ukraine spends 7.1% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Iraq, that number is 4.5% of GDP as of 2019.


see 97.9% less coastline

Ukraine has a total of 2,782 km of coastline. In Iraq, that number is 58 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine, Ministry of Finance.

Iraq: At a glance

Iraq is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 437,367 sq km. Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was SADDAM Husayn. Territorial disputes with Iran led to an inconclusive and costly eight-year war (1980-88). In August 1990, Iraq seized Kuwait but was expelled by US-led, UN coalition forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991. Following Kuwait's liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime. US forces remained in Iraq under a UNSC mandate through 2009 and under a bilateral security agreement thereafter, helping to provide security and to train and mentor Iraqi security forces. In October 2005, Iraqis approved a constitution in a national referendum and, pursuant to this document, elected a 275-member Council of Representatives (COR) in December 2005. The COR approved most cabinet ministers in May 2006, marking the transition to Iraq's first constitutional government in nearly a half century. In January 2009 and April 2013, Iraq held elections for provincial councils in all governorates except for the three governorates comprising the Kurdistan Regional Government and Kirkuk Governorate. Iraq held a national legislative election in March 2010 - choosing 325 legislators in an expanded COR - and, after nine months of deadlock the COR approved the new government in December 2010. Nearly nine years after the start of the Second Gulf War in Iraq, US military operations there ended in mid-December 2011.
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