Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Italy instead of Costa Rica, you would:

Health

live 3.3 years longer


In Costa Rica, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 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 22.6% less likely to be obese


In Costa Rica, 25.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.3 times more money


Costa Rica has a GDP per capita of $16,900 as of 2017, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,200 as of 2017.

be 39.5% more likely to be unemployed


In Costa Rica, 8.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Italy, that number is 11.3% as of 2017.

be 37.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Costa Rica, 21.7% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9% as of 2012.

pay a 3.3 times higher top tax rate


Costa Rica has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Italy, the top tax rate is 48.8% as of 2016.

Life

be 92.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Costa Rica, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Italy, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 57.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Costa Rica, approximately 7.5 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 43.2% fewer children


In Costa Rica, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Italy, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 48.6% less on education


Costa Rica spends 7.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Italy spends 3.8% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 5.9 times more coastline


Costa Rica has a total of 1,290 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 Costa Rica? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.

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