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

Health

be 37.8% less likely to be obese

In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Romania, that number is 22.5% of people as of 2016.

live 4.8 years less

In United States, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2022. In Romania, that number is 76 years (72 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2022.

Economy

be 21.3% less likely to be unemployed

In United States, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2018. In Romania, that number is 3.1% as of 2019.

pay a 59.6% lower top tax rate

United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0% as of 2016.

make 52.2% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $60,200 as of 2020, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $28,800 as of 2020.

be 57.6% more likely to live below the poverty line

In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Romania, however, that number is 23.8% as of 2018.

Life

be 13.0% more likely to die during infancy

In United States, approximately 5.2 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Romania, on the other hand, 5.8 children do as of 2022.

have 28.7% fewer children

In United States, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Romania, there are 8.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 14.3% less likely to have internet access

In United States, approximately 91.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Romania, about 78.0% do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 34.0% less on education

United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Romania spends 3.3% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

spend 66.1% less on healthcare

United States spends 16.8% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Romania, that number is 5.7% of GDP as of 2019.

Geography

see 98.9% less coastline

United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Romania, that number is 225 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF).

Romania: At a glance

Romania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 229,891 sq km. The principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia - for centuries under the suzerainty of the Turkish Ottoman Empire - secured their autonomy in 1856; they were de facto linked in 1859 and formally united in 1862 under the new name of Romania. The country gained recognition of its independence in 1878. It joined the Allied Powers in World War I and acquired new territories - most notably Transylvania - following the conflict. In 1940, Romania allied with the Axis powers and participated in the 1941 German invasion of the USSR. Three years later, overrun by the Soviets, Romania signed an armistice. The post-war Soviet occupation led to the formation of a communist "people's republic" in 1947 and the abdication of the king. The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae CEAUSESCU, who took power in 1965, and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. CEAUSESCU was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Former communists dominated the government until 1996 when they were swept from power. Romania joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.
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