Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Germany instead of South Korea, you would:
live 1.5 years less
In South Korea, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022. In Germany, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022.
be 4.7 times more likely to be obese
In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people as of 2016.
make 20.3% more money
South Korea has a GDP per capita of $42,300 as of 2020, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,900 as of 2020.
be 32.4% more likely to be unemployed
In South Korea, 3.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Germany, that number is 5.0% as of 2019.
pay a 25.0% higher top tax rate
South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0% as of 2016. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5% as of 2016.
be 36.4% less likely to die during childbirth
In South Korea, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Germany, 7.0 women do as of 2017.
have 31.2% more children
In South Korea, there are approximately 6.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Germany, there are 9.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 11.1% more likely to die during infancy
In South Korea, approximately 2.9 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Germany, on the other hand, 3.2 children do as of 2022.
spend 11.1% more on education
South Korea spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Germany spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
spend 42.7% more on healthcare
South Korea spends 8.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Germany, that number is 11.7% of GDP as of 2019.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt), National Tax Service, South Korea.
Germany: At a glance
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