Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 21.6% less likely to be obese


In Ukraine, 24.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Moldova, that number is 18.9% of people as of 2016.

live 1.0 years less


In Ukraine, the average life expectancy is 73 years (68 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Moldova, that number is 72 years (68 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 55.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Ukraine, 9.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Moldova, that number is 4.1% as of 2017.

make 23.9% less money


Ukraine has a GDP per capita of $8,800 as of 2017, while in Moldova, the GDP per capita is $6,700 as of 2017.

be 2.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Ukraine, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Moldova, however, that number is 9.6% as of 2015.

Life

have 11.5% more children


In Ukraine, there are approximately 9.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Moldova, there are 10.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 50.0% more likely to die during infancy


In Ukraine, approximately 7.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Moldova, on the other hand, 11.1 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 29.3% more likely to have internet access


In Ukraine, approximately 58.9% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Moldova, about 76.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 24.1% more on education


Ukraine spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Moldova spends 6.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Moldova: At a glance

Moldova is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 32,891 sq km. Part of Romania during the interwar period, Moldova was incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. Although the country has been independent from the USSR since 1991, Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory east of the Nistru River supporting the separatist region of Transnistria, composed of a Slavic majority population (mostly Ukrainians and Russians), but with a sizeable ethnic Moldovan minority. One of the poorest nations in Europe, Moldova became the first former Soviet state to elect a communist, Vladimir VORONIN, as its president in 2001. VORONIN served as Moldova's president until he resigned in September 2009, following the opposition's gain of a narrow majority in July parliamentary elections and the Communist Party's (PCRM) subsequent inability to attract the three-fifths of parliamentary votes required to elect a president and, by doing so, put into place a permanent government. Four Moldovan opposition parties formed a new coalition, the Alliance for European Integration (AEI), iterations of which have acted as Moldova's governing coalitions since. Moldova experienced significant political uncertainty between 2009 and early 2012, holding three general elections and numerous presidential ballots in parliament, all of which failed to secure a president. Following November 2010 parliamentary elections, a reconstituted AEI-coalition consisting of three of the four original AEI parties formed a government, and in March 2012 was finally able to elect an independent as president. As of late May 2013, the ruling coalition - comprised of two of the original AEI parties and a splinter group from a third - is called the Pro-European Coalition. In November 2013, the Moldovan Government initialed an Association Agreement with the European Union (EU), advancing the coalition's policy priority of EU integration.

How big is Moldova compared to Ukraine? 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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