Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Estonia instead of Zimbabwe, you would:


be 94.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Zimbabwe, 13.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Estonia, that number is 0.7% of people.

live 16.5 years longer

In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Estonia, that number is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 36.8% more likely to be obese

In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In Estonia, that number is 21.2% of people.


make 13.8 times more money

Zimbabwe has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Estonia, the GDP per capita is $31,800.

be 47.8% less likely to be unemployed

In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Estonia, that number is 5.9%.

be 70.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Zimbabwe, 72.3% live below the poverty line. In Estonia, however, that number is 21.1%.

spend 60.0% less on taxes

Zimbabwe has a top tax rate of 50.0%. In Estonia, the top tax rate is 20.0%.


be 98.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Estonia, 9.0 women do.

be 15.4% more likely to be literate

In Zimbabwe, the literacy rate is 86.5%. In Estonia, it is 99.8%.

be 88.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Estonia, on the other hand, 3.8 children do.

have 70.5% fewer children

In Zimbabwe, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Estonia, there are 10.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.5 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Zimbabwe, 40% of the population has electricity access. In Estonia, 100% of the population do.

be 3.8 times more likely to have internet access

In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Estonia, about 87.2% do.

be 29.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Zimbabwe, approximately 77% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Estonia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).


spend 34.5% less on education

Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. Estonia spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

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 Zimbabwe? 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, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.


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