Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Germany instead of Suriname, you would:


be 84.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Suriname, 1.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Germany, that number is 0.2% of people.

live 8.3 years longer

In Suriname, the average life expectancy is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women). In Germany, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 15.5% less likely to be obese

In Suriname, 26.4% of adults are obese. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people.


make 3.5 times more money

Suriname has a GDP per capita of $14,600, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,400.

be 58.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Suriname, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Germany, that number is 3.8%.

be 76.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Suriname, 70.0% live below the poverty line. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7%.

spend 25.0% more on taxes

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


be 96.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Suriname, approximately 155.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Germany, 6.0 women do.

be 86.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Suriname, approximately 24.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Germany, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 45.6% less children

In Suriname, there are approximately 15.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 97.4% more likely to have internet access

In Suriname, approximately 45.4% of the population has internet access. In Germany, about 89.6% do.


spend 98.2% more on healthcare

Suriname spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Germany, that number is 11.3% of GDP.


see 6.2 times more coastline

Suriname has a total of 386 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 Suriname? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).


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