Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 45.6% less likely to be obese

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


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

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

make 16.1% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Denmark, the GDP per capita is $49,900.

be 31.8% more likely to be unemployed

In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Denmark, that number is 5.8%.

spend 40.9% more on taxes

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


be 57.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Denmark, 6.0 women do.

be 31.0% less likely to die during infancy

In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Denmark, on the other hand, 4.0 children do.

have 16.0% fewer children

In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Denmark, there are 10.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 27.3% more likely to have internet access

In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Denmark, about 97.0% do.


spend 36.8% less on healthcare

United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Denmark, that number is 10.8% of GDP.

spend 52.0% more on education

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


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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