Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Finland instead of Australia, you would:

Health

be 23.4% less likely to be obese


In Australia, 29.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Finland, that number is 22.2% of people as of 2016.

live 1.4 years less


In Australia, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Finland, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 11.7% less money


Australia has a GDP per capita of $50,400 as of 2017, while in Finland, the GDP per capita is $44,500 as of 2017.

be 51.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Australia, 5.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Finland, that number is 8.5% as of 2017.

pay a 14.7% higher top tax rate


Australia has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Finland, the top tax rate is 51.6% as of 2016.

Life

be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Australia, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Finland, 3.0 women do as of 2017.

be 19.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Australia, approximately 3.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Finland, on the other hand, 2.5 children do as of 2020.

have 14.5% fewer children


In Australia, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Finland, there are 10.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 30.2% more on education


Australia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Finland spends 6.9% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 95.1% less coastline


Australia has a total of 25,760 km of coastline. In Finland, that number is 1,250 km.

Finland: At a glance

Finland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 303,815 sq km. Finland was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries, and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809. It gained complete independence in 1917. During World War II, it successfully defended its independence through cooperation with Germany and resisted subsequent invasions by the Soviet Union - albeit with some loss of territory. In the subsequent half century, Finland transformed from a farm/forest economy to a diversified modern industrial economy; per capita income is among the highest in Western Europe. A member of the European Union since 1995, Finland was the only Nordic state to join the euro single currency at its initiation in January 1999. In the 21st century, the key features of Finland's modern welfare state are high quality education, promotion of equality, and a national social welfare system - currently challenged by an aging population and the fluctuations of an export-driven economy.

How big is Finland compared to Australia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Finnish Tax Administration, The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office.

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