What ever happened to all the states from the Eastern Bloc or those regions that were a part of the Soviet Union?
Are they better off now 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall?
Below are some factoids from their piece:
- If you lived in Poland in 1980 you had to wait over 30 years to get an apartment
- Present day Lithuania, Poland, and Slovenia have higher rates of car ownership than the UK
- Medical researchers report that in the past 25 years Eastern Europe has had ‘probably the most rapid decrease in coronary heart disease ever observed’
- Post-communist states in the East are currently more market friendly than the rest of the world (7.0 on economic freedom index vs. a 6.8 global average)
In summary the writers found that since communism fell:
Life for everyday people has improved dramatically across the former Eastern bloc.