Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 11.9% less likely to be obese


In Ireland, 25.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 43.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Ireland, 6.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Germany, that number is 3.8% as of 2017.

make 30.6% less money


Ireland has a GDP per capita of $73,200 as of 2017, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,800 as of 2017.

be 2.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Ireland, 8.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7% as of 2015.

Life

be 40.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Ireland, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Germany, 7.0 women do as of 2017.

have 33.8% fewer children


In Ireland, there are approximately 13.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 29.7% more on education


Ireland spends 3.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Germany spends 4.8% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 65.0% more coastline


Ireland has a total of 1,448 km of coastline. In Germany, that number is 2,389 km.

Germany: At a glance

Germany is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 348,672 sq km. As Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation (after Russia), Germany is a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro.

How big is Germany compared to Ireland? 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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