Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Denmark instead of Sweden, you would:


live 1.2 years less

In Sweden, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Denmark, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2020.


be 14.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Sweden, 6.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Denmark, that number is 5.7% as of 2017.

be 10.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Sweden, 15.0% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Denmark, however, that number is 13.4% as of 2011.


be 23.1% more likely to die during infancy

In Sweden, approximately 2.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Denmark, on the other hand, 3.2 children do as of 2020.


see 2.3 times more coastline

Sweden has a total of 3,218 km of coastline. In Denmark, that number is 7,314 km.

Denmark: At a glance

Denmark is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 42,434 sq km. Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. It joined NATO in 1949 and the EEC (now the EU) in 1973. However, the country has opted out of certain elements of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), European defense cooperation, and issues concerning certain justice and home affairs.

How big is Denmark compared to Sweden? 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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