Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in France instead of New Zealand, you would:


be 29.9% less likely to be obese

In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese. In France, that number is 21.6% of people.


make 12.6% more money

New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $38,900, while in France, the GDP per capita is $43,800.

be 93.9% more likely to be unemployed

In New Zealand, 4.9% of adults are unemployed. In France, that number is 9.5%.

spend 52.1% more on taxes

New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2%.


be 27.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In New Zealand, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In France, 8.0 women do.

be 27.3% less likely to die during infancy

In New Zealand, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do.


spend 12.7% less on education

New Zealand spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. France spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.


see 77.4% less coastline

New Zealand has a total of 15,134 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 New Zealand? 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, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.


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