Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.6 years longer

In Finland, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Switzerland, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 12.2% less likely to be obese

In Finland, 22.2% of adults are obese. In Switzerland, that number is 19.5% of people.


make 38.6% more money

Finland has a GDP per capita of $44,300, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 65.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Finland, 8.6% of adults are unemployed. In Switzerland, that number is 3.0%.

spend 22.5% less on taxes

Finland has a top tax rate of 51.6%. In Switzerland, the top tax rate is 40.0%.


be 66.7% more likely to die during childbirth

In Finland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Switzerland, 5.0 women do.

be 44.0% more likely to die during infancy

In Finland, approximately 2.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Switzerland, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.


spend 29.2% less on education

Finland spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education. Switzerland spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 20.6% more on healthcare

Finland spends 9.7% 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 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, Swiss Federal Tax Administration.


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