Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.3 years longer

In Germany, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In Sweden, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).


be 10.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Germany, 16.7% live below the poverty line. In Sweden, however, that number is 15.0%.

be 73.7% more likely to be unemployed

In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In Sweden, that number is 6.6%.

spend 20.2% more on taxes

Germany has a top tax rate of 47.5%. In Sweden, the top tax rate is 57.1%.


be 33.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Germany, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sweden, 4.0 women do.

be 23.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Germany, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do.

have 40.7% more children

In Germany, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Sweden, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 57.1% more on education

Germany spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Sweden spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.


see 34.7% more coastline

Germany has a total of 2,389 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden 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), Skatteverket.


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