Comparing United States to Switzerland

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If you moved to Switzerland from the United States, you would:


LIVE 2.8 YEARS LONGER


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Switzerland  SWITZERLAND (82.39 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Switzerland, the average life expectancy is 82.39.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland life expectancy

CONSUME 40% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Switzerland  SWITZERLAND (7,315 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Switzerland, it is 7,315 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland electricity consumption

BE 33.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Switzerland  SWITZERLAND (0.4% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Switzerland, that number is 0.4%.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland AIDS percentage

BE 39.5% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Switzerland  SWITZERLAND (3.73 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 Switzerland, on the other hand, there are a total of 3.73 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland infant mortality

BE 56.2% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Switzerland  SWITZERLAND (3.2% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Switzerland 3.2% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland unemployment rate

HAVE 21.9% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Switzerland  SWITZERLAND (10.48 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Switzerland, however, there are a total of 10.48 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland birth rate

BE 49.7% LESS LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Switzerland  SWITZERLAND (7.6% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Switzerland, 7.6% are.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland poverty

At a Glance: Switzerland

  • Land Area: ~41 thousand sq km (United States is ~238 times bigger than Switzerland)
  • Population: ~8 million people (311 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In Switzerland, "Cheers!" = "Prost!"

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Switzerland (41,277 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in Switzerland

Tipping:
  • Tipping is not necessary in Switzerland
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO keep eye contact when speaking with someone
  • DO NOT converse with hands in pockets
Table Manners:
  • Never smoke near the dinner table
  • Always eat everything on your plate
  • Keep your elbows off the table
Greetings:
  • Shake hands when greetings someone new. Close friends often kiss cheeks three times
  • Generally, do not address someone by their first name without permission
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A brief history of Switzerland

Switzerland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 41,277 sq km. The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

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