United States compared to Switzerland

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


live 2.8 years longer


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Switzerland Switzerland (82.6 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Switzerland, the average life expectancy is 82.6 years.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland - Life Expectancy

consume 41.3% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Switzerland Switzerland (7,091 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Switzerland, that number is 7,091 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland - Electricity Consumption

have 16% fewer babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Switzerland Switzerland (10.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Switzerland, that number is 10.5 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland - Birth Rate

be 49.7% less likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Switzerland Switzerland (7.6% of people - 2011 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Switzerland, that number is 7.6% of people.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland - Poverty Line

be 37.9% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Switzerland Switzerland (3.6 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 Switzerland, on the other hand, 3.6 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland - Infant Mortality

be 27.7% less likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Switzerland Switzerland (3.4% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Switzerland, that number is 3.4% of people.
Category: United States vs. Switzerland - Unemployment

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook.


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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.

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