Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 0.9 years longer


In Germany, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 24.4% less money


Germany has a GDP per capita of $50,800 as of 2017, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,400 as of 2017.

be 4.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Spain, that number is 17.2% as of 2017.

be 26.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Germany, 16.7% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1% as of 2012.

Life

be 42.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Germany, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Spain, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 12.5% less on education


Germany spends 4.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Spain spends 4.2% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 2.1 times more coastline


Germany has a total of 2,389 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 Germany? 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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