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


live 1.1 years less

In France, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022. In Portugal, that number is 82 years (78 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2022.


be 17.8% less likely to be unemployed

In France, 7.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2022. In Portugal, that number is 6.0% as of 2022.

make 22.0% less money

France has a GDP per capita of $45,900 as of 2022, while in Portugal, the GDP per capita is $35,800 as of 2022.

pay a 12.5% higher top tax rate

France has a top tax rate of 50.2% as of 2016. In Portugal, the top tax rate is 56.5% as of 2016.


be 20.6% less likely to die during infancy

In France, approximately 3.1 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Portugal, on the other hand, 2.5 children do as of 2022.

be 50.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2020. In Portugal, 12.0 women do as of 2020.

have 25.7% fewer children

In France, there are approximately 10.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024. In Portugal, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.


spend 13.1% less on healthcare

France spends 12.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2020. In Portugal, that number is 10.6% of GDP as of 2020.


see 63.1% less coastline

France has a total of 4,853 km of coastline. In Portugal, that number is 1,793 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira.

Portugal: At a glance

Portugal is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 91,470 sq km. Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil, its wealthiest colony, in 1822. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986.
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