Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Denmark instead of Germany, you would:


be 11.7% less likely to be obese

In Germany, 22.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Denmark, that number is 19.7% of people as of 2016.


be 19.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Germany, 16.7% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Denmark, however, that number is 13.4% as of 2011.

be 50.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Denmark, that number is 5.7% as of 2017.

pay a 17.5% higher top tax rate

Germany has a top tax rate of 47.5% as of 2016. In Denmark, the top tax rate is 55.8% as of 2017.


be 42.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Germany, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Denmark, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

have 29.1% more children

In Germany, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Denmark, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.


spend 58.3% more on education

Germany spends 4.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Denmark spends 7.6% of total GDP on education as of 2014.


see 3.1 times more coastline

Germany has a total of 2,389 km of coastline. In Denmark, that number is 7,314 km.

Denmark: At a glance

Denmark is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 42,434 sq km. Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. It joined NATO in 1949 and the EEC (now the EU) in 1973. However, the country has opted out of certain elements of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), European defense cooperation, and issues concerning certain justice and home affairs.

How big is Denmark compared to Germany? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt), Danish Central Tax Administration.


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