Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 27.6% less likely to be obese


In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people as of 2016.

live 1.0 years less


In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Germany, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 30.3% more money


New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $39,000 as of 2017, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,800 as of 2017.

be 19.1% less likely to be unemployed


In New Zealand, 4.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Germany, that number is 3.8% as of 2017.

pay a 43.9% higher top tax rate


New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5% as of 2016.

Life

be 22.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In New Zealand, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Germany, 7.0 women do as of 2017.

have 32.8% fewer children


In New Zealand, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 25.0% less on education


New Zealand spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Germany spends 4.8% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

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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