Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.6 years longer


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Switzerland, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

Economy

make 5.3 times more money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 34.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Switzerland, that number is 3.0%.

spend 14.3% more on taxes


Ecuador has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Switzerland, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

Life

be 92.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Switzerland, 5.0 women do.

be 78.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Switzerland, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 41.3% less children


In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Switzerland, there are 10.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 65.2% more likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Switzerland, about 89.4% do.

be 15.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ecuador, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Switzerland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 27.2% more on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Switzerland, that number is 11.7% of GDP.

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 Ecuador? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Swiss Federal Tax Administration, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador.

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