Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 38.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people.

Economy

be 13.6% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Germany, that number is 3.8%.

make 15.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,400.

be 10.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7%.

spend 19.9% more on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5%.

Life

be 57.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Germany, 6.0 women do.

be 41.4% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Germany, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 31.2% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 17.6% more likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Germany, about 89.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 33.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Germany, that number is 11.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 88.0% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Germany, that number is 2,389 km.

Learn more about Germany

Germany is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 348,672 sq km. As Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation (after Russia), Germany is a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro.

How big is Germany 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, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt), Internal Revenue Service.