Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 6.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Germany, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Russia, that number is 1.2% of people.

live 9.8 years less


In Germany, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In Russia, that number is 71 years (65 years for men, 77 years for women).

Economy

be 20.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Germany, 16.7% live below the poverty line. In Russia, however, that number is 13.3%.

spend 72.6% less on taxes


Germany has a top tax rate of 47.5%. In Russia, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 44.8% less money


Germany has a GDP per capita of $50,400, while in Russia, the GDP per capita is $27,800.

be 44.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In Russia, that number is 5.5%.

Life

have 27.9% more children


In Germany, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Russia, there are 11.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Germany, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Russia, 25.0 women do.

be 100.0% more likely to die during infancy


In Germany, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Russia, on the other hand, 6.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 14.7% less likely to have internet access


In Germany, approximately 89.6% of the population has internet access. In Russia, about 76.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 22.4% less on education


Germany spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Russia spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 37.2% less on healthcare


Germany spends 11.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Russia, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 15.8 times more coastline


Germany has a total of 2,389 km of coastline. In Russia, that number is 37,653 km.

Russia: At a glance

Russia is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 16,377,742 sq km. Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new ROMANOV Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state in which the leadership seeks to legitimize its rule through managed national elections, populist appeals by President PUTIN, and continued economic growth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

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


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

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