Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sweden instead of Finland, you would:

Health

live 1.1 years longer


In Finland, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Sweden, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 16.3% more money


Finland has a GDP per capita of $44,300, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,500.

be 23.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Finland, 8.6% of adults are unemployed. In Sweden, that number is 6.6%.

spend 10.7% more on taxes


Finland has a top tax rate of 51.6%. In Sweden, the top tax rate is 57.1%.

Life

have 13.1% more children


In Finland, there are approximately 10.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Sweden, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 33.3% more likely to die during childbirth


In Finland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sweden, 4.0 women do.

Expenditures

spend 22.7% more on healthcare


Finland spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sweden, that number is 11.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 2.6 times more coastline


Finland has a total of 1,250 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden compared to Finland? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Finnish Tax Administration, The World Factbook, Skatteverket.

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