Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 13.0% less money

France has a GDP per capita of $43,800, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 16.8% more likely to be unemployed

In France, 9.5% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In France, 14.2% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.


be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

have 29.5% fewer children

In France, there are approximately 12.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Italy, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 28.4% less likely to have internet access

In France, approximately 85.6% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.


spend 25.5% less on education

France spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Italy spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 20.0% less on healthcare

France spends 11.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Italy, that number is 9.2% of GDP.


see 2.2 times more coastline

France has a total of 3,427 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 France? 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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