Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in United States instead of Sweden, you would:


live 2.1 years less

In Sweden, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women). In United States, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 75.7% more likely to be obese

In Sweden, 20.6% of adults are obese. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people.


make 15.5% more money

Sweden has a GDP per capita of $51,500, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,500.

be 33.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Sweden, 6.6% of adults are unemployed. In United States, that number is 4.4%.

spend 30.6% less on taxes

Sweden has a top tax rate of 57.1%. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6%.


be 3.5 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Sweden, approximately 4.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In United States, 14.0 women do.

be 2.2 times more likely to die during infancy

In Sweden, approximately 2.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In United States, on the other hand, 5.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 16.7% less likely to have internet access

In Sweden, approximately 91.5% of the population has internet access. In United States, about 76.2% do.


spend 35.1% less on education

Sweden spends 7.7% of its total GDP on education. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 43.7% more on healthcare

Sweden spends 11.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In United States, that number is 17.1% of GDP.


see 6.2 times more coastline

Sweden has a total of 3,218 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.

United States: At a glance

United States (sometimes abbreviated US or USA) is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,147,593 sq km. Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65), in which a northern Union of states defeated a secessionist Confederacy of 11 southern slave states, and the Great Depression of the 1930s, an economic downturn during which about a quarter of the labor force lost its jobs. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state. Since the end of World War II, the economy has achieved relatively steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.

How big is United States compared to Sweden? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Skatteverket.


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