Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.4 years longer


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020. In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.2 times more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.1 times more money


China has a GDP per capita of $18,200 as of 2018, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,200 as of 2017.

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Italy, that number is 11.3% as of 2017.

be 9.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9% as of 2012.

Life

be 93.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Italy, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 71.9% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 11.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.2 children do as of 2020.

have 27.6% fewer children


In China, there are approximately 11.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Italy, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 37.0% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 54.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Italy, about 74.4% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 47.6% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 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 China? 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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