Are prints always higher quality than on-screen images?

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Are prints always higher quality than on-screen images?

I'm considering to print some of my photos for the first time in a photo lab.

Let's consider we have an 18 Mpx photo displayed full-screen on 1920x1080 monitor. This resolution equals to around 2 Mpx, so a huge number of pixels are discarded. Also, we have black bars at sides, since we are viewing 3:2 image on a 16:9 monitor - that means we don't even utilize full 2 Mpx that the screen provides.

If we print this photo on a high-quality photo paper of, let's say A3 size at 300 dpi, will the photo look way sharper than on screen, since many people say paper has greater "resolution" than your average monitor? Does viewing your photo at 100% zoom mean anything here, since it looks MUCH bigger than A3 paper that way?

I hope you understood, and thanks in advance.

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