Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 41.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Estonia, that number is 21.2% of people.

live 3.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Estonia, that number is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

spend 49.5% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Estonia, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 46.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Estonia, the GDP per capita is $31,800.

be 34.1% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Estonia, that number is 5.9%.

be 39.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Estonia, however, that number is 21.1%.

Life

be 35.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Estonia, 9.0 women do.

be 34.5% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Estonia, on the other hand, 3.8 children do.

have 19.2% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Estonia, there are 10.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.4% more likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Estonia, about 87.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 62.6% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Estonia, that number is 6.4% of GDP.

spend 10.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Estonia spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 81.0% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Estonia, that number is 3,794 km.

Learn more about Estonia

Estonia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 42,388 sq km. After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US - it regained its freedom in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic and political ties with the West. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004, formally joined the OECD in late 2010, and adopted the euro as its official currency on 1 January 2011.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Estonian Tax and Customs Board, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.