United States compared to Sweden

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If you moved to Sweden from United States, you would..


make 13.3% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Sweden Sweden ($49,700 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $49,700.
Category: United States vs. Sweden - GDP Per Capita

pay 44.2% more in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Sweden Sweden (57.1% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Sweden, the top marginal tax rate is 57.1%.
Category: United States vs. Sweden - Tax Rate

live 2.3 years longer


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Sweden Sweden (82.1 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Sweden, the average life expectancy is 82.1 years.
Category: United States vs. Sweden - Life Expectancy

be 55.2% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Sweden Sweden (2.6 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Sweden - Infant Mortality

be 46.8% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Sweden Sweden (6.9% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Sweden, that number is 6.9% of people.
Category: United States vs. Sweden - Unemployment

see 83.8% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Sweden Sweden (3,218 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.
Category: United States vs. Sweden - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Skatteverket.


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A brief history of Sweden

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 450,295 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

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