Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Germany instead of Switzerland, you would:
live 1.7 years less
In Switzerland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 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 14.4% more likely to be obese
In Switzerland, 19.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people as of 2016.
make 18.2% less money
Switzerland has a GDP per capita of $62,100 as of 2017, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,800 as of 2017.
be 18.7% more likely to be unemployed
In Switzerland, 3.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Germany, that number is 3.8% as of 2017.
be 2.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line
In Switzerland, 6.6% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7% as of 2015.
pay a 18.8% higher top tax rate
Switzerland has a top tax rate of 40.0% as of 2016. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5% as of 2016.
be 40.0% more likely to die during childbirth
In Switzerland, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Germany, 7.0 women do as of 2017.
have 18.1% fewer children
In Switzerland, there are approximately 10.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt), Swiss Federal Tax Administration.
Germany: At a glance
How big is Germany compared to Switzerland? See an in-depth size comparison.