Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.8 years longer


In Belarus, the average life expectancy is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women). In Germany, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

Economy

make 2.7 times more money


Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,400.

be 3.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belarus, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Germany, that number is 3.8%.

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belarus, 5.7% live below the poverty line. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7%.

spend 3.7 times more on taxes


Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5%.

Life

be 50.0% more likely to die during childbirth


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

have 16.5% less children


In Belarus, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 26.0% more likely to have internet access


In Belarus, approximately 71.1% of the population has internet access. In Germany, about 89.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 98.2% more on healthcare


Belarus spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Germany, that number is 11.3% of GDP.

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 Belarus? 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), Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.

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