Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 0.9 years longer

In Ireland, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 83 years for women). In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).


make 49.3% less money

Ireland has a GDP per capita of $75,500, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed

In Ireland, 6.4% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Ireland, 8.2% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.


be 37.5% less likely to die during childbirth

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

have 34.8% fewer children

In Ireland, there are approximately 14.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 12.2% less on education

Ireland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 15.4% more on healthcare

Ireland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Spain, that number is 9.0% of GDP.


see 3.4 times more coastline

Ireland has a total of 1,448 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 Ireland? 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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