Comparing United States to Germany

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MAKE 25.2% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Germany  GERMANY ($39,500.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Germany, that number is $39,500.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Germany GDP

CONSUME 41% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Germany  GERMANY (7,192 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Germany, it is 7,192 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Germany electricity consumption

BE 83.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Germany  GERMANY (0.1% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Germany, that number is 0.1%.
Category: United States vs. Germany AIDS percentage

BE 43.9% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Germany  GERMANY (3.46 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Germany, on the other hand, there are a total of 3.46 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Germany infant mortality

BE 27.4% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Germany  GERMANY (5.3% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Germany 5.3% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Germany unemployment rate

HAVE 37.3% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Germany  GERMANY (8.42 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Germany, however, there are a total of 8.42 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Germany birth rate

SEE A 88% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Germany  GERMANY (2,389km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Germany has a total of 2,389 km.
Category: United States vs. Germany coastline

At a Glance: Germany

  • Land Area: ~357 thousand sq km (United States is ~28 times bigger than Germany)
  • Population: ~81 million people (238 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In Germany, "Cheers!" = "Prost!"

How big is Germany compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Germany (357,022 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in Germany

Tipping:
  • Some choose to leave a larger tip around the holidays
  • Tip if you received exceptional service
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO be on time to events
  • DO NOT touch when conversing
  • DO NOT wear flash jewelry or watches (this may attract unwanted attention)
Table Manners:
  • Cut potatoes using the fork (not the knife)
  • Never eat with your hands
Greetings:
  • Shake hands when meetings someone new
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A brief history of Germany

Germany is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 357,022 sq km. As Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation (after Russia), Germany is a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).