Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 0.9 years longer


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 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 45.6% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Denmark, that number is 19.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 11.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Denmark, however, that number is 13.4% as of 2011.

make 16.2% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Denmark, the GDP per capita is $50,100 as of 2017.

be 29.5% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Denmark, that number is 5.7% as of 2017.

pay a 40.9% higher top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Denmark, the top tax rate is 55.8% as of 2017.

Life

be 78.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Denmark, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 39.6% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 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.

have 10.5% fewer children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Denmark, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 11.9% more likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Denmark, about 97.6% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 52.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Denmark spends 7.6% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Geography

see 63.3% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 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 United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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