Comparing United States to Spain

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MAKE 43% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Spain  SPAIN ($30,100.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Spain, that number is $30,100.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Spain GDP

LIVE 1.9 YEARS LONGER


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Spain  SPAIN (81.47 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Spain, the average life expectancy is 81.47.
Category: United States vs. Spain life expectancy

CONSUME 57.1% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Spain  SPAIN (5,231 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Spain, it is 5,231 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Spain electricity consumption

BE 33.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Spain  SPAIN (0.4% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Spain, that number is 0.4%.
Category: United States vs. Spain AIDS percentage

BE 46% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Spain  SPAIN (3.33 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Spain, on the other hand, there are a total of 3.33 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Spain infant mortality

BE 3.6 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Spain  SPAIN (26.3% of people)
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That's 260.3% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Spain 26.3% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Spain unemployment rate

HAVE 26.4% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Spain  SPAIN (9.88 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Spain, however, there are a total of 9.88 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Spain birth rate

BE 39.7% MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Spain  SPAIN (21.1% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Spain, 21.1% are.
Category: United States vs. Spain poverty

SEE A 75.1% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Spain  SPAIN (4,964km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Spain has a total of 4,964 km.
Category: United States vs. Spain coastline

At a Glance: Spain

  • Land Area: ~505 thousand sq km (United States is ~19 times bigger than Spain)
  • Population: ~48 million people (271 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In Spain, "Cheers!" = "Salud!"

How big is Spain compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Spain (505,370 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in Spain

Tipping:
  • A service charge is often included in the bill
  • Generally, tipping is not necessary in the Spain
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO dress formally in most situations
  • DO touch during conversation
Table Manners:
  • Dinner is generally eaten very late
  • When you are finished, place your cutlery on the plate
Greetings:
  • Shake hands when greeting someone new
  • A kiss on the cheek is typical
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A brief history of Spain

Spain is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 505,370 sq km. Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World War I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. More recently the government has had to focus on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008. Austerity measures implemented to reduce a large budget deficit and reassure foreign investors have led to one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).