Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in United Arab Emirates instead of Germany, you would:


live 3.1 years less

In Germany, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In United Arab Emirates, that number is 78 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 42.2% more likely to be obese

In Germany, 22.3% of adults are obese. In United Arab Emirates, that number is 31.7% of people.


make 34.3% more money

Germany has a GDP per capita of $50,400, while in United Arab Emirates, the GDP per capita is $67,700.

be 57.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In United Arab Emirates, that number is 1.6%.

be 16.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Germany, 16.7% live below the poverty line. In United Arab Emirates, however, that number is 19.5%.


have 75.6% more children

In Germany, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In United Arab Emirates, there are 15.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy

In Germany, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In United Arab Emirates, on the other hand, 10.0 children do.


spend 68.1% less on healthcare

Germany spends 11.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In United Arab Emirates, that number is 3.6% of GDP.


see 44.8% less coastline

Germany has a total of 2,389 km of coastline. In United Arab Emirates, that number is 1,318 km.

United Arab Emirates: At a glance

United Arab Emirates is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 83,600 sq km. The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the UK control of their defense and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties. In 1971, six of these states - Abu Dhabi, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn - merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were joined in 1972 by Ra's al Khaymah. The UAE's per capita GDP is on par with those of leading West European nations. Its high oil revenues and its moderate foreign policy stance have allowed the UAE to play a vital role in the affairs of the region. For more than three decades, oil and global finance drove the UAE's economy. However, in 2008-09, the confluence of falling oil prices, collapsing real estate prices, and the international banking crisis hit the UAE especially hard. The UAE has essentially avoided the "Arab Spring" unrest seen elsewhere in the Middle East, though in March 2011, political activists and intellectuals signed a petition calling for greater public participation in governance that was widely circulated on the Internet. In an effort to stem potential further unrest, the government announced a multi-year, $1.6-billion infrastructure investment plan for the poorer northern emirates and aggressively pursued advocates of political reform.

How big is United Arab Emirates 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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