Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Cyprus instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 39.8% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Cyprus, that number is 21.8% of people.

live 1.2 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Cyprus, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

spend 11.6% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Cyprus, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 37.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Cyprus, the GDP per capita is $37,000.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Cyprus, that number is 11.8%.

Life

be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Cyprus, 7.0 women do.

be 36.2% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cyprus, on the other hand, 7.9 children do.

Expenditures

spend 56.7% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cyprus, that number is 7.4% of GDP.

spend 22.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Cyprus spends 6.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 96.7% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Cyprus, that number is 648 km.

Learn more about Cyprus

Cyprus is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 9,241 sq km. A former British colony, Cyprus became independent in 1960 following years of resistance to British rule. Tensions between the Greek Cypriot majority and Turkish Cypriot minority came to a head in December 1963, when violence broke out in the capital of Nicosia. Despite the deployment of UN peacekeepers in 1964, sporadic intercommunal violence continued forcing most Turkish Cypriots into enclaves throughout the island. In 1974, a Greek Government-sponsored attempt to overthrow the elected president of Cyprus was met by military intervention from Turkey, which soon controlled more than a third of the island. In 1983, the Turkish Cypriot-occupied area declared itself the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" ("TRNC"), but it is recognized only by Turkey. In February 2014, after a hiatus of nearly two years, the leaders of the two communities resumed formal discussions under UN auspices aimed at reuniting the divided island. The talks are ongoing. The entire island entered the EU on 1 May 2004, although the EU acquis - the body of common rights and obligations - applies only to the areas under the internationally recognized government, and is suspended in the areas administered by Turkish Cypriots. However, individual Turkish Cypriots able to document their eligibility for Republic of Cyprus citizenship legally enjoy the same rights accorded to other citizens of European Union states.

How big is Cyprus compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Inland Revenue Department of the Republic of Cyprus, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.