Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Spain instead of Albania, you would:


live 3.3 years longer

In Albania, the average life expectancy is 78 years (76 years for men, 81 years for women). In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).


make 3.1 times more money

Albania has a GDP per capita of $12,500, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 22.1% more likely to be unemployed

In Albania, 14.0% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

be 47.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Albania, 14.3% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.

spend 95.7% more on taxes

Albania has a top tax rate of 23.0%. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 82.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Albania, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

be 72.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Albania, approximately 11.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 30.3% fewer children

In Albania, there are approximately 13.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 21.4% more likely to have internet access

In Albania, approximately 66.4% of the population has internet access. In Spain, about 80.6% do.

be 19.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Albania, approximately 84% of people have improved drinking water access (84% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Spain, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 22.9% more on education

Albania spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.


see 13.7 times more coastline

Albania has a total of 362 km of coastline. In Spain, that number is 4,964 km.

Spain: At a glance

Spain is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 498,980 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.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Albanian Taxation Office, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.


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