Quality of Life Comparison

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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). In Netherlands, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 43.6% less likely to be obese


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

Economy

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


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

spend 31.3% more on taxes


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

Life

be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Netherlands, 7.0 women do.

be 37.9% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Netherlands, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 12.8% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Netherlands, there are 10.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 18.6% more likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Netherlands, about 90.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 36.3% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Netherlands, that number is 10.9% of GDP.

spend 10.0% more on education


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

Geography

see 97.7% less coastline


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

Learn more about Netherlands

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.