Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.4 years less


In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In France, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 5.0 times more likely to be obese


In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In France, that number is 21.6% of people.

Economy

be 11.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line. In France, however, that number is 14.2%.

spend 10.3% less on taxes


Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2%.

be 3.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In France, that number is 9.5%.

Life

have 58.4% more children


In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In France, there are 12.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 60.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In France, 8.0 women do.

be 60.0% more likely to die during infancy


In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do.

Expenditures

spend 52.8% more on education


Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. France spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 12.7% more on healthcare


Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In France, that number is 11.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 88.5% less coastline


Japan has a total of 29,751 km of coastline. In France, that number is 3,427 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 Japan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, National Tax Agency Japan.

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