Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 13.5 years longer

In India, the average life expectancy is 69 years (68 years for men, 70 years for women). In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 5.1 times more likely to be obese

In India, 3.9% of adults are obese. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people.


make 5.3 times more money

India has a GDP per capita of $7,200, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 26.1% more likely to be unemployed

In India, 8.8% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.

be 36.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In India, 21.9% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.

spend 37.3% more on taxes

India has a top tax rate of 35.5%. In Italy, the top tax rate is 48.8%.


be 97.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In India, approximately 174.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

be 39.3% more likely to be literate

In India, the literacy rate is 71.2%. In Italy, it is 99.2%.

be 91.6% less likely to die during infancy

In India, approximately 39.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 54.7% fewer children

In India, there are approximately 19.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Italy, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 26.6% more likely to have access to electricity

In India, 79% of the population has electricity access. In Italy, 100% of the population do.

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access

In India, approximately 29.5% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.


spend 95.7% more on healthcare

India spends 4.7% 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 India? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.


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