Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in France instead of Norway, you would:


make 39.0% less money

Norway has a GDP per capita of $71,800, while in France, the GDP per capita is $43,800.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed

In Norway, 4.0% of adults are unemployed. In France, that number is 9.5%.

spend 30.3% more on taxes

Norway has a top tax rate of 38.5%. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2%.


be 60.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Norway, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In France, 8.0 women do.

be 28.0% more likely to die during infancy

In Norway, approximately 2.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.0% less likely to have internet access

In Norway, approximately 97.3% of the population has internet access. In France, about 85.6% do.


spend 28.6% less on education

Norway spends 7.7% of its total GDP on education. France spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 18.6% more on healthcare

Norway spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In France, that number is 11.5% of GDP.


see 86.4% less coastline

Norway has a total of 25,148 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 Norway? 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, Norwegian Tax Administration.


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