Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Germany instead of Zambia, you would:

Health

be 99.1% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zambia, 11.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Germany, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

live 27.5 years longer


In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 54 years (52 years for men, 55 years for women) as of 2020. In Germany, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.8 times more likely to be obese


In Zambia, 8.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Germany, that number is 22.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 12.7 times more money


Zambia has a GDP per capita of $4,000 as of 2017, while in Germany, the GDP per capita is $50,800 as of 2017.

be 74.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Zambia, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2008. In Germany, that number is 3.8% as of 2017.

be 69.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Zambia, 54.4% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Germany, however, that number is 16.7% as of 2015.

pay a 35.7% higher top tax rate


Zambia has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Germany, the top tax rate is 47.5% as of 2016.

Life

be 96.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Zambia, approximately 213.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Germany, 7.0 women do as of 2017.

be 94.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Zambia, approximately 56.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Germany, on the other hand, 3.3 children do as of 2020.

have 78.7% fewer children


In Zambia, there are approximately 40.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 3.0 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Zambia, approximately 33% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Germany, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 6.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Zambia, approximately 14.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Germany, about 89.7% do as of 2018.

be 48.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Zambia, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (90% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Germany, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Germany: At a glance

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 Zambia? 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), Zambia Revenue Authority.

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