Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 24.1% less likely to be obese


In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people as of 2016.

live 2.3 years less


In Canada, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Germany, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 39.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Germany, that number is 3.8% as of 2017.

be 77.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line as of 2008. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7% as of 2015.

pay a 43.9% higher top tax rate


Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5% as of 2016.

Life

be 30.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Canada, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Germany, 7.0 women do as of 2017.

be 23.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Canada, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Germany, on the other hand, 3.3 children do as of 2020.

have 15.7% fewer children


In Canada, there are approximately 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Geography

see 98.8% less coastline


Canada has a total of 202,080 km of coastline. In Germany, that number is 2,389 km.

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 Canada? 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), Canada Revenue Agency.

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