Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.7 years longer


In Estonia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women). In Switzerland, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

Economy

make 93.1% more money


Estonia has a GDP per capita of $31,800, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 49.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Estonia, 5.9% of adults are unemployed. In Switzerland, that number is 3.0%.

be 68.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Estonia, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Switzerland, however, that number is 6.6%.

spend 100.0% more on taxes


Estonia has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Switzerland, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

Life

be 44.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Estonia, approximately 9.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Switzerland, 5.0 women do.

Expenditures

spend 82.8% more on healthcare


Estonia spends 6.4% 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 Estonia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Estonian Tax and Customs Board, The World Factbook, Swiss Federal Tax Administration.

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