Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Switzerland instead of Tuvalu, you would:

Health

live 15.7 years longer


In Tuvalu, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 years for women). In Switzerland, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 62.2% less likely to be obese


In Tuvalu, 51.6% of adults are obese. In Switzerland, that number is 19.5% of people.

Economy

make 16.2 times more money


Tuvalu has a GDP per capita of $3,800, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 74.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Tuvalu, 26.3% live below the poverty line. In Switzerland, however, that number is 6.6%.

Life

be 87.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Tuvalu, approximately 29.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Switzerland, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 55.7% less children


In Tuvalu, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Switzerland, there are 10.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Tuvalu, 45% of the population has electricity access. In Switzerland, 100% of the population do.

be 94.3% more likely to have internet access


In Tuvalu, approximately 46.0% of the population has internet access. In Switzerland, about 89.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 29.1% less on healthcare


Tuvalu spends 16.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Switzerland, that number is 11.7% of GDP.

Switzerland: At a glance

Switzerland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 39,997 sq km. The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

How big is Switzerland compared to Tuvalu? 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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