Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.6 years longer


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

be 3.2 times more likely to be obese


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

Economy

make 2.3 times more money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 2.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.

be 9.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


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

Life

be 85.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

be 72.5% less likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 30.1% less children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Italy, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 15.2% more likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 67.3% more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Italy, that number is 9.2% of GDP.

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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