Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 27.6% less likely to be obese

In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people.


make 29.6% more money

New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $38,900, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,400.

be 22.4% less likely to be unemployed

In New Zealand, 4.9% of adults are unemployed. In Germany, that number is 3.8%.

spend 43.9% more on taxes

New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5%.


be 45.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In New Zealand, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Germany, 6.0 women do.

be 22.7% less likely to die during infancy

In New Zealand, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Germany, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 34.8% fewer children

In New Zealand, there are approximately 13.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 22.2% less on education

New Zealand spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Germany spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.


see 84.2% less coastline

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


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