Germany & Canada living: A Comparison

When you begin comparing countries in North America, it’s clear that The United States has lost the number one position to Canada. Not only is Canada richer when it comes to culture and natural beauties, but in most recent decades it has developed far greater than its English speaking neighbor to the south.

During the Obama administration for example, the American health care system was targeted by global criticism and to this day It is well known that becoming sick in the States can bankrupt an individual, if he doesn’t end suffering further from lack of treatment.

Canada on the other hand is well-know for its great system to care for it’s citizens’ health. A system that can be compared to those of much richer European Nations. This lack of consideration for the needy taxpayer in need of medical assistance, gave way to such jokes from Canadians as “When an American makes a joke about Canada, I go to the hospital and get my feelings checked, for free!”

All jokes aside, there is no doubt that currently Canada is the best country in north America to live.


In some ways it is very similar to Germany in Europe. Of all European nations Germany ranks up top as regards education, public health, as well as general citizen well-being. Though the cost of living and taxes may be high. A person living in Germany gets what they are due from the government. This is especially true if you compare it to other nations like Greece and Spain that almost went bankrupt around 2010.

One of the most peculiar things about both these countries is their thirst or consumption of porn, globally Canada boasts the fifth place on porn consumption, that puts it behind Japan, one of the largest consumers of porn, Germany has a not-so-shy place on this ranking only falling two positions behind Canada, sandwiching France, another great market of pornography.

Its population figures as one of the top porn consumers of the world, there are many popular categories for the german audience like lesbische videos, one that figures on ponhub’s top 10 searched terms.

So, Germany in Europe and Canada in North America. They are both ideal places to live in in their respective continents. But what happens if we compare each other?

According to studies conducted, when it comes to comparing the cost of living in both countries, Canada ranked, in general, as being 5% cheaper to live in than Germany. When it comes to comparing both of these nations considering their economy, Germany is by far the richer country. Canada exports add up to $462.90 billion, making it 12th in the world ranking. Germany on the other hand, ranks 3rd in exports, grossing about $1.46 trillion a year. Gross National income in Germany is higher as well; $1.92 trillion compare to Canada’s $684.00 billion.

Nonetheless, there are many things you must consider in comparison.

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When it comes to which of these two great nations is the richest Germany is on top, but knowing which country is richer doesn’t necessarily mean that the citizen will live well. You must consider how much money a person can earn and how much they’ll have to spend monthly.

So, who gets paid more, Germans or Canadians? After all the taxes, the average Canadian earns $2,773.50. That is 3% less than the average German who has a post tax salary of  $2,851.85.

However, when you see how much basic utilities cost in both countries, the average Canadian will pay almost 77% less than the Germans. Utilities like water, gas, garbage and electricity cost an average of $140 as in Germany these same utilities add up to about $250.


What about housing? A three-bedroom apartment in Canada will set you back about $1,600 per month. In Germany the same apartment, with similar stats and in a neighborhood considered just as good will cost you about $100 dollars less. If you consider purchasing your home though, the price per square meter is 5% expensive in Germany. 

If you compare the price of transportation, though both countries have great public transportation services, a monthly pass will cost you about $80 in Canada and $87 in Germany. As for having your own means of transport, a VW Golf will cost you 27% more than in Canada. A taxi will cost you $3 dollars more in Germany than in Canada, making the latter cheaper when it comes hiring a car as well.

Your daily groceries, that may include items such as milk, bread, vegetables and meat, can cost up to 20% more in Canada than in Germany. About $75 will get you in Germany the same items which you would spend about $95 to buy in a Canadian grocery store. This includes wine, which is about half the price in Germany as compared to Canada.  When it comes to eating out, there isn’t much difference than few cents between both countries.

What about clothing costs. As far as garments go, Canada is clearly cheaper. Take a pair of Levi’s for example.  A pair of jeans can be bought in Canada for about $50. That is about half of the price you’ll have to spend for the same pair of jeans if you are in Germany.

What about work availability? When you think about immigration or general well-being as whole. We must consider how much of the population is below poverty line as well as what percentage is unemployed. About 9% of Canadians live below poverty line as compared to the much higher 15.5%  in Germany. Unemployment rate is greater in Canada though, 7.3% as compared to Germany’s 5.5%.

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But money is not all that is important. Returning to health care, The cost of the Canadian Health care system is about 20% more expensive than in Germany. As for quality of both, Germany is ranked 10th in the world, six places in front of Canada which ranks 16th. 

These are just a few things to get your mind going on which country is better. With some of these stats you may be able to draw your own conclusion about both countries.