Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

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).

Economy

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%.

Life

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.

Expenditures

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.

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.

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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