Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 4.5 years less

In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Germany, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 5.2 times more likely to be obese

In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people.


make 17.8% more money

Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,400.

spend 15.1% less on taxes

Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5%.

be 31.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Germany, that number is 3.8%.


have 11.7% more children

In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 20.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Germany, 6.0 women do.

be 70.0% more likely to die during infancy

In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Germany, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.


spend 36.1% more on education

Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. Germany spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 10.8% more on healthcare

Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Germany, that number is 11.3% of GDP.


see 92.0% less coastline

Japan has a total of 29,751 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 Japan? 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), National Tax Agency Japan.


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