Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 33.1% less likely to be obese


In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Sweden, that number is 20.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 31.3% more money


New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $39,000 as of 2017, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,200 as of 2017.

be 42.6% more likely to be unemployed


In New Zealand, 4.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Sweden, that number is 6.7% as of 2017.

pay a 73.0% higher top tax rate


New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Sweden, the top tax rate is 57.1% as of 2016.

Life

be 55.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In New Zealand, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Sweden, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 25.7% less likely to die during infancy


In New Zealand, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 20.3% more on education


New Zealand spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Sweden spends 7.7% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 78.7% less coastline


New Zealand has a total of 15,134 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden 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, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, Skatteverket.

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