Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 1.9 years longer


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In France, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 40.3% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In France, that number is 21.6% of people.

Economy

make 26.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in France, the GDP per capita is $43,800.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In France, that number is 9.5%.

spend 26.8% more on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2%.

Life

be 42.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In France, 8.0 women do.

be 44.8% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.3% more likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In France, about 85.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 32.7% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In France, that number is 11.5% of GDP.

spend 10.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. France spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 82.8% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In France, that number is 3,427 km.

France: At a glance

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 549,970 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Internal Revenue Service.

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