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 (79 years for men, 86 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 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 28.6% more money
South Korea has a GDP per capita of $39,500 as of 2017, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,800 as of 2017.
be 16.0% more likely to live below the poverty line
In South Korea, 14.4% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7% as of 2015.
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.
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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