Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.1 years longer


In Germany, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In France, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 15.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Germany, 16.7% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In France, however, that number is 14.2% as of 2015.

make 13.2% less money


Germany has a GDP per capita of $50,800 as of 2017, while in France, the GDP per capita is $44,100 as of 2017.

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In France, that number is 9.4% as of 2017.

Life

have 38.4% more children


In Germany, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In France, there are 11.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 12.5% more on education


Germany spends 4.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. France spends 5.4% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 2.0 times more coastline


Germany has a total of 2,389 km of coastline. In France, that number is 4,853 km.

France: At a glance

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 549,970 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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