USA compared with Sweden

USA vs Sweden Statistics

What makes the US the greatest land of the world? Take a close look in USA and Sweden what has happened there.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy - source Nationmaster¨ Daily smokers are very similar 11.9% in Sweden and 12.9% in USA of population. Global Agewatch Index rank USA on 9th place and Sweden rank 4.

Life expectancy Women USA



Life expectancy in USA for Women. Average American women weight 166.2 pounds (75.3 kg)

Life expectancy in Sweden for Women



Life expectancy in Sweden for Women. Average Swedish women weight 148.6 pounds (67.4 kg)

Life expectancy Men USA



Life expectancy in USA for Men. Average man weight 195.5 pounds (89 kg)

Life expectancy Men Sweden



Life expectancy in Sweden for Men. Average man weight 183 pounds (83 kg)

Health Care

Bloomberg Most Efficient Heath care
America is alone in the rich world in not arranging for its government to provide some form of health care for all its people

Health care USA



Absolute cost 9.403 USD

Health care Sweden



Absolute cost 6.808 USD

Infant mortality

Deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in the same year. This rate is often used as an indicator of the level of health in a country.

Infant mortality USA



Infant mortality Sweden





Business rank 2016 according to Forbes.


23 rd


Business rank USA according to Forbes Best Countries For Business For 2017




Business rank Sweden according to Forbes Best Countries For Business For 2017 Sweden is a very pro-market country with a large welfare state and excessive taxation. Sweden has become very business-friendly with global expansion companies like Skype, Spotify, Candy Crush, King Minecraft and IKEA. Sweden has laws that prohibit the public sector to engage in anything that could be seen as competing with private sector.

Key numbers USA

  • GDP per capita $56,084 per capita
  • Exports per capita $5,057
  • Public debt 70% of GDP
  • Unemployment rate 5.4%
Source: Nationalmaster

Key numbers Sweden

  • GDP per capita $50,050 per capita
  • Exports per capita $18,688
  • Public debt 43,4% of GDP
  • Unemployment rate 7.8%
Source: Nationalmaster, wikipedia

Criminal statistics

The Swedish State does not report crime statistics based on the origin or religion of those who carry out crimes.

Murder rate 2016 in USA


Murder rate

Murder rate homicide in USA per 100 000.
112 guns per 100 residents.

Murder rate 2016 in Sweden


Murder rate

Murder rate homicide in Sweden per 100 000.
32 guns per 100 residents. Many have firearms license for moose hunting.

Rape rate in USA


Rapes per 100 000

On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.
Source: US Department of Justice A 2013 study found that rape is grossly underreported in the United States. A 2014 study suggested that police departments may eliminate or undercount rapes from official records in part to "create the illusion of success in fighting violent crime

Rape rate in Sweden


Rapes per 100 000.

Sweden has different and broader definition of rapes than the USA so more acts fall under this category. This makes it harder to to compare figures over time. If a woman is raped by her husband every night for a year that counts as 365 separate offenses in Sweden. In many other countries these incidents would not be recorded or be recorded just once: one victim, one type of crime and one record. In Sweden victims are encouraged to report offenses. Reality check Is Malmo the 'rape capital' of Europe?


Number of incarcerated citizens per capita
693/per capita

incarcerated citizens USA

53/per capita

incarcerated citizens Sweden


Asylum and immigration

There are 65.3 million refugees in the world, more than ever according to UNHCR.
Many of the refugees are from warzones like Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan and Iraq.
The USA is signed up to most of Geneva Convention. But not Protocol I or Protocol II, which protect victims of war.

Asylum seekers in USA


Asylum seekers

Asylum seekers in USA for every 100,000 citizens. Source Huffington Post Merkel will have reminded Trump that the United States is a party to the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Asylum seekers in Sweden


Asylum seekers

Asylum seekers in Sweden for every 100,000 citizens.
    Assulum applications to Sweden
  • In 2016, 29 000 asylum applications
  • In 2015, 163 000 asylum applications
  • In 2014, 81 000 asylum applications
  • The government estimated that there are now around 4,000 beggars mostly from Romania and Bulgaria.
They estimate that their expenditure in 2016 will land at 73 billion SEK. approx. 14 600 SEK/taxpayer or 7 300 SEK per citizen of Sweden.
In Sweden 69% think ISIS is a major threat to their country. 56% think refugees will increase the likelihood of terrorism. 36% of Swedes say a growing diversity makes their country a better place to live.
Source Pew Research Center

Child refugees

The moral duties such as accepting child refugees.
Today 28 million children in the world are refugees.

Child refugees in USA


Child refugees 1Q 2016

United States has not ratified the UN convention on children's rights. US is the only country in UN that is not a party of it..In the first half of 2016, nearly 26 000 children arrived alone at the U.S. border Trump’s executive order to suspend US refugee Admission Programme for 120 days, as well as banning entry to aliens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Child refugees in Sweden


Child refugees in 5 years

Sweden has signed the UN convention of Chilrens's right and the Geneva convention. During last 5 years Sweden has recieved 48 649 unaccompanied migrant children many from Afghanistan accodring to Migrationsverket.

Military spending

Military expenditure 2015 USA


of GDP

Military expenditure USA % of GDP. US will spend at least $179 billion over the nine fiscal years of 2010-2018 on its nuclear arsenal.Trump administration has annonced $54bn hike in military spending while cutting foreign aid, environmental programmes and domestic agencies by the same amount. Source Stockholm International Peace Research Institute ( SIPRI ),

Military expenditure 2015 Sweden


of GDP

Military expenditure Sweden % of GDP. Sweden is not a member in Nato, but the country is developing its own fighter jet and submarines. Sweden will reintroduce conscription amid rising Baltic tensions during 2016. They spend an increasing amount to increase their military capabilities. Source Stockholm International Peace Research Institute ( SIPRI ).

Foreign aid

Foreign aid USA


of GNI

Foreign aid USA % of GNI. Trump administration will cut foreign aid and put it on military.

Foreign aid Sweden


of GNI

Foreign aid Sweden % of GNI which equals $6.2bn.

Rank USA



Global Gender Gap Index 2016 out of 144 countries

Rank Sweden



Global Gender Gap Index 2016 out of 144 countries

Rank USA



Environmental score 84.72. Trump administration will cut spending on evironmental and put it on military.

Rank Sweden



Environmental score 90.43


Tax system Total tax revenue as a percentage of GDP USA 26 % Sweden 45.8%

Personal Taxes in USA

  • Income tax progressive 10%,15%,25%,28%,33%,35%,39,6%
  • Sales tax 0% to 10%

Personal Taxes in Sweden

  • Income tax progressive 32%, 51%, 56%
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) 25%
Most of industrialized world uses a VAT. It is a levy on consumption.

Corporate taxes in USA

  • Employer social fee many don't have it
  • Corporate tax 40%
  • There are no corporate tax in Delaware
Tax heavens
Nearly half of all public corporations in the United States are incorporated in Delaware
More than 50 percent of the major corporations in the world are incorporated in Delaware since it is a tax shelter.

Corporate Taxes in Sweden

  • Employer social fee 31,42%
  • Corporate tax 22%

Taxes for wealthy

Taxes for wealthy in USA

  • Property tax vary widely among jurisdictions
  • Capital gains preferential rate of 0%, 15%, or 20%
  • Inheritance tax U.S. states all have other regulation
Joint Committee on Taxation shows households with incomes of more than $1 million will get tax cuts that, over the next decade, would add up to roughly $157 billion.

Taxes for wealthy in Sweden

  • Property tax 0%
  • Inheritance tax 0%
  • Capital gains flat 30%
Sweden is a tax haven for the wealthy. Capital assets, real estate and inheritances have very low taxes. On the other hand, it is very high taxes on labor.


Pisa Study 2015

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the results of its 2015 global rankings on student performance in mathematics, reading, and science, on the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA.

Human Freedom 2016

The Human Freedom Index - a global measurement of personal, civil and economic freedom
Fraser institute

Rank USA



Areas were USA has a low grade is civil justice, top marginal tax, cost of crime, movement of capital and people and business regulations. Areas with top grades are: women security, religon, association, relationship

Rank Sweden



Areas were Sweden has a low grade is top marginal tax rate, legal enforcements of contract, divorces and movement of capital and people. Areas with top grades are: women security, movement, freedom of association and expression.

Levels of freedom USA

  • 9.79 Personal freedom
  • 7.75 Economic freedom
  • 8.27 Freedom index

Levels of freedom Sweden

  • 9.37 Personal freedom
  • 7.46 Economic freedom
  • 8.42 Freedom index

Democracy Index 2016

The Democracy Index is an index compiled by the UK-based Economist Intelligence Unit that measures the state of democracy in 167 countries, of which 166 are sovereign states and 165 are UN member states.

USA Rank # 21

  • Score 7.98
  • Electoral process 9.17
  • Function government 7.14
  • Political participation 7.22
  • Political culture 8.13
  • Civil liberties 8.24
  • Flawed democracy
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