Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.4 years longer


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Netherlands, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 43.6% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Netherlands, that number is 20.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 41.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Netherlands, however, that number is 8.8% as of 2015.

be 11.4% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Netherlands, that number is 4.9% as of 2017.

pay a 31.3% higher top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Netherlands, the top tax rate is 52.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 73.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Netherlands, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 34.0% 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 Netherlands, on the other hand, 3.5 children do as of 2020.

have 11.3% fewer children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Netherlands, there are 11.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 10.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Netherlands spends 5.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 97.7% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Netherlands, that number is 451 km.

Netherlands: At a glance

Netherlands is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 33,893 sq km. The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

How big is Netherlands 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, Internal Revenue Service, Tax and Customs Administration - Belastingdienst.

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