Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 18.3% less money

Netherlands has a GDP per capita of $53,600, while in France, the GDP per capita is $43,800.

be 97.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Netherlands, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In France, that number is 9.5%.

be 61.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Netherlands, 8.8% live below the poverty line. In France, however, that number is 14.2%.


be 11.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Netherlands, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do.

have 11.9% more children

In Netherlands, there are approximately 10.9 babies per 1,000 people. In France, there are 12.2 babies per 1,000 people.


see 7.6 times more coastline

Netherlands has a total of 451 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 Netherlands? 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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