Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 33.7% less likely to be obese


In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Switzerland, that number is 19.5% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 28.3% more money


Canada has a GDP per capita of $48,400 as of 2017, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $62,100 as of 2017.

be 49.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Canada, 6.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Switzerland, that number is 3.2% as of 2017.

be 29.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line as of 2008. In Switzerland, however, that number is 6.6% as of 2014.

pay a 21.2% higher top tax rate


Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Switzerland, the top tax rate is 40.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Canada, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Switzerland, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 18.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Canada, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Switzerland, on the other hand, 3.5 children do as of 2020.

Switzerland: At a glance

Switzerland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 39,997 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.

How big is Switzerland compared to Canada? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Canada Revenue Agency, Swiss Federal Tax Administration.

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