Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Germany instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

be 99.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 20.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Germany, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

live 16.3 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In Germany, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 21.2% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 3.7 times more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,800 as of 2017.

be 86.2% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Germany, that number is 3.8% as of 2017.

Life

be 94.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Germany, 7.0 women do as of 2017.

be 88.1% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 27.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Germany, on the other hand, 3.3 children do as of 2020.

have 55.2% fewer children


In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 18.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Germany, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 59.8% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Germany, about 89.7% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 22.6% less on education


South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Germany spends 4.8% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 14.6% less coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 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 South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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