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. In Denmark, that number is 19.7% of people.

live 1.3 years less

In Germany, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In Denmark, that number is 80 years (77 years for men, 82 years for women).


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

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

be 52.6% more likely to be unemployed

In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In Denmark, that number is 5.8%.

spend 17.5% more on taxes

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


have 22.1% more children

In Germany, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Denmark, there are 10.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 17.6% more likely to die during infancy

In Germany, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Denmark, on the other hand, 4.0 children do.


spend 55.1% more on education

Germany spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Denmark spends 7.6% of total GDP on education.


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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