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 as of 2016. In Estonia, that number is 21.2% of people as of 2016.

live 2.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Estonia, that number is 77 years (73 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 49.5% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Estonia, the top tax rate is 20.0% as of 2016.

make 47.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Estonia, the GDP per capita is $31,700 as of 2017.

be 31.8% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Estonia, that number is 5.8% as of 2017.

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


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Estonia, however, that number is 21.1% as of 2016.

Life

be 52.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Estonia, 9.0 women do as of 2017.

be 30.2% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Estonia, on the other hand, 3.7 children do as of 2020.

have 25.0% fewer children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Estonia, there are 9.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

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.

Estonia: At a glance

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.

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