Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Switzerland instead of Panama, you would:

Health

live 3.8 years longer


In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Switzerland, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 14.1% less likely to be obese


In Panama, 22.7% of adults are obese. In Switzerland, that number is 19.5% of people.

Economy

make 2.4 times more money


Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 45.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Switzerland, that number is 3.0%.

be 71.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Panama, 23.0% live below the poverty line. In Switzerland, however, that number is 6.6%.

spend 60.0% more on taxes


Panama has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Switzerland, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

Life

be 94.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Switzerland, 5.0 women do.

be 63.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Switzerland, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 41.3% less children


In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Switzerland, there are 10.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 65.6% more likely to have internet access


In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Switzerland, about 89.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 59.4% more on education


Panama spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Switzerland spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 46.2% more on healthcare


Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Switzerland, that number is 11.7% of GDP.

Switzerland: At a glance

Switzerland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 39,997 sq km. The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

How big is Switzerland compared to Panama? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama, Swiss Federal Tax Administration.

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