Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.7 years less


In South Korea, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 86 years for women). In Germany, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 4.7 times more likely to be obese


In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people.

Economy

make 27.9% more money


South Korea has a GDP per capita of $39,400, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,400.

be 16.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Korea, 14.4% live below the poverty line. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7%.

spend 25.0% more on taxes


South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0%. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5%.

Life

be 45.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Korea, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Germany, 6.0 women do.

be 13.3% more likely to die during infancy


In South Korea, approximately 3.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Germany, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

Expenditures

spend 52.7% more on healthcare


South Korea spends 7.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Germany, that number is 11.3% of GDP.

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 Korea? 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), National Tax Service, South Korea.

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