Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Liechtenstein 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) as of 2020. In Liechtenstein, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 2.3 times more money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Liechtenstein, the GDP per capita is $139,100 as of 2009.

be 45.5% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Liechtenstein, that number is 2.4% as of 2015.

pay a 39.4% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Liechtenstein, the top tax rate is 24.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 20.8% 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 Liechtenstein, on the other hand, 4.2 children do as of 2020.

have 16.1% fewer children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Liechtenstein, there are 10.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 12.4% more likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Liechtenstein, about 98.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 48.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Liechtenstein spends 2.6% of total GDP on education as of 2011.

Liechtenstein: At a glance

Liechtenstein is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 160 sq km. The Principality of Liechtenstein was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719. Occupied by both French and Russian troops during the Napoleonic Wars, it became a sovereign state in 1806 and joined the Germanic Confederation in 1815. Liechtenstein became fully independent in 1866 when the Confederation dissolved. Until the end of World War I, it was closely tied to Austria, but the economic devastation caused by that conflict forced Liechtenstein to enter into a customs and monetary union with Switzerland. Since World War II (in which Liechtenstein remained neutral), the country's low taxes have spurred outstanding economic growth. In 2000, shortcomings in banking regulatory oversight resulted in concerns about the use of financial institutions for money laundering. However, Liechtenstein implemented anti-money laundering legislation and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with the US that went into effect in 2003.

How big is Liechtenstein 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, Ministry of Finance, Internal Revenue Service.

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