Polish Map of Happiness

Happy Pole?

Happy Pole?

Residents of the poorest provinces of the country, though unemployed and poor, live longer than people from dynamic metropolises. They are less likely to fall victim to stress and cancer. The former division of Poland into ‘Poland A’ and ‘Poland B’ (large, rich cities versus poor villages) does not exist any longer. Poland’s map of happiness does not correspond to Poland’s map of prosperity. Poles from the eastern part of the country, (Poland B), start to have families earlier, with more success and live longer than their colleagues from the richer provinces. For instance, in the Province of Podkarpackie men live to 74.3 years old and women to 82.1 on average. Poverty is painfully high: GDP per person is about one-third lower than the national average. The Provinces of Podlaskie, Warmia and Mazury, Pokarpackie and Lubelske have the lowest wages and highest unemployment, but at the same time have the lowest incidence of cancer per 100,000 residents. The number of people per hospital bed in general hospitals is lower than the national average. In this respect, Lubelskie, Świętokrzyskie and Podlaskie are in the top six best provinces. The poorer part of Poland is actually the most peaceful. Nowhere is it safer than in Podkarpackie or Lubelskie Provinces.
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