Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Italy instead of Canada, you would:


be 32.3% less likely to be obese

In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people.


make 21.1% less money

Canada has a GDP per capita of $48,300, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 70.8% more likely to be unemployed

In Canada, 6.5% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.

be 3.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.

spend 47.9% more on taxes

Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In Italy, the top tax rate is 48.8%.


be 42.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Canada, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

be 26.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Canada, approximately 4.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 16.5% fewer children

In Canada, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Italy, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 31.7% less likely to have internet access

In Canada, approximately 89.8% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.


spend 22.6% less on education

Canada spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education. Italy spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 11.5% less on healthcare

Canada spends 10.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Italy, that number is 9.2% of GDP.


see 96.2% less coastline

Canada has a total of 202,080 km of coastline. In Italy, that number is 7,600 km.

Italy: At a glance

Italy is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 294,140 sq km. Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy is a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include sluggish economic growth, high youth and female unemployment, organized crime, corruption, and economic disparities between southern Italy and the more prosperous north.

How big is Italy compared to Canada? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, Canada Revenue Agency.


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