Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Germany instead of Austria, you would:

Health

be 10.9% more likely to be obese


In Austria, 20.1% of adults are obese. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people.

Economy

be 30.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Austria, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Germany, that number is 3.8%.

spend 13.6% less on taxes


Austria has a top tax rate of 55.0%. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5%.

be 5.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Austria, 3.0% live below the poverty line. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7%.

Life

be 50.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Austria, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Germany, 6.0 women do.

Germany: At a glance

Germany is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 348,672 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.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt), Federal Ministry of Finance.

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