Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.1 years longer


In Netherlands, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Switzerland, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 15.2% more money


Netherlands has a GDP per capita of $53,900 as of 2017, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $62,100 as of 2017.

be 34.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Netherlands, 4.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Switzerland, that number is 3.2% as of 2017.

be 25.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Netherlands, 8.8% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Switzerland, however, that number is 6.6% as of 2014.

pay a 23.1% lower top tax rate


Netherlands has a top tax rate of 52.0% as of 2016. In Switzerland, the top tax rate is 40.0% as of 2016.

Switzerland: At a glance

Switzerland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 39,997 sq km. The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

How big is Switzerland compared to Netherlands? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Swiss Federal Tax Administration, Tax and Customs Administration - Belastingdienst.

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