Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 19.7 years longer

In Ethiopia, the average life expectancy is 63 years (60 years for men, 65 years for women). In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 4.4 times more likely to be obese

In Ethiopia, 4.5% of adults are obese. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people.


make 17.3 times more money

Ethiopia has a GDP per capita of $2,200, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 36.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Ethiopia, 17.5% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.

spend 39.4% more on taxes

Ethiopia has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Italy, the top tax rate is 48.8%.


be 98.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Ethiopia, approximately 353.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

be 2.0 times more likely to be literate

In Ethiopia, the literacy rate is 49.1%. In Italy, it is 99.2%.

be 93.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Ethiopia, approximately 49.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 76.4% fewer children

In Ethiopia, there are approximately 36.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Italy, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.2 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Ethiopia, 24% of the population has electricity access. In Italy, 100% of the population do.

be 4.0 times more likely to have internet access

In Ethiopia, approximately 15.4% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.

be 74.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Ethiopia, approximately 57% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas). In Italy, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 87.8% more on healthcare

Ethiopia spends 4.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Italy, that number is 9.2% of GDP.

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 Ethiopia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority.


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