Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 17.9% less likely to be obese

In Australia, 29.0% of adults are obese. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people.


make 23.9% less money

Australia has a GDP per capita of $50,300, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 3.1 times more likely to be unemployed

In Australia, 5.6% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.


be 16.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In Australia, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

be 23.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Australia, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 24.0% fewer children

In Australia, there are approximately 12.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 17.3% less on education

Australia spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.


see 80.7% less coastline

Australia has a total of 25,760 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 Australia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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