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

Health

live 0.9 years longer

In Ireland, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022. In Spain, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2022.

Economy

make 59.6% less money

Ireland has a GDP per capita of $89,700 as of 2020, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $36,200 as of 2020.

be 2.8 times more likely to be unemployed

In Ireland, 5.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Spain, that number is 14.1% as of 2019.

be 58.0% more likely to live below the poverty line

In Ireland, 13.1% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In Spain, however, that number is 20.7% as of 2018.

Life

be 20.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Ireland, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Spain, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 28.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Ireland, approximately 3.5 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Spain, on the other hand, 2.5 children do as of 2022.

have 42.1% fewer children

In Ireland, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Spain, there are 7.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

Expenditures

spend 23.5% more on education

Ireland spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Spain spends 4.2% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

spend 35.8% more on healthcare

Ireland spends 6.7% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Spain, that number is 9.1% of GDP as of 2019.

Geography

see 3.4 times more coastline

Ireland has a total of 1,448 km of coastline. In Spain, that number is 4,964 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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.
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