Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 10.2% more likely to be obese

In France, 21.6% of adults are obese. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people.


spend 10.4% less on taxes

France has a top tax rate of 50.2%. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

make 12.6% less money

France has a GDP per capita of $43,800, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 80.0% more likely to be unemployed

In France, 9.5% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

be 48.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In France, 14.2% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.


be 37.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

have 24.6% fewer children

In France, there are approximately 12.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 21.8% less on education

France spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 21.7% less on healthcare

France spends 11.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Spain, that number is 9.0% of GDP.


see 44.8% more coastline

France has a total of 3,427 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 France? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.


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