Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

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.

Economy

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%.

Life

be 66.7% more likely to die during childbirth


In Finland, approximately 3.0 women per 1,000 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.

Expenditures

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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