Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.3 years longer

In Denmark, the average life expectancy is 80 years (77 years for men, 82 years for women). In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 20.8% more likely to be obese

In Denmark, 19.7% of adults are obese. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people.


spend 19.4% less on taxes

Denmark has a top tax rate of 55.8%. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

make 23.2% less money

Denmark has a GDP per capita of $49,900, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed

In Denmark, 5.8% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

be 57.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Denmark, 13.4% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.


be 16.7% less likely to die during childbirth

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

be 17.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Denmark, approximately 4.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 12.4% fewer children

In Denmark, there are approximately 10.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 16.9% less likely to have internet access

In Denmark, approximately 97.0% of the population has internet access. In Spain, about 80.6% do.


spend 43.4% less on education

Denmark spends 7.6% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 16.7% less on healthcare

Denmark spends 10.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Spain, that number is 9.0% of GDP.


see 32.1% less coastline

Denmark has a total of 7,314 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 Denmark? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Danish Central Tax Administration, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.


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