Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 5.0 years less

In Italy, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women). In Argentina, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 42.2% more likely to be obese

In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Argentina, that number is 28.3% of people.


be 27.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Italy, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Argentina, that number is 8.1%.

be 14.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Italy, 29.9% live below the poverty line. In Argentina, however, that number is 25.7%.

spend 28.3% less on taxes

Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8%. In Argentina, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 45.1% less money

Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,100, while in Argentina, the GDP per capita is $20,900.


have 94.2% more children

In Italy, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Argentina, there are 16.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 13.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Italy, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Argentina, 52.0 women do.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during infancy

In Italy, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Argentina, on the other hand, 9.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 14.5% more likely to have internet access

In Italy, approximately 61.3% of the population has internet access. In Argentina, about 70.2% do.


spend 47.8% less on healthcare

Italy spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Argentina, that number is 4.8% of GDP.

spend 43.9% more on education

Italy spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. Argentina spends 5.9% of total GDP on education.


see 34.4% less coastline

Italy has a total of 7,600 km of coastline. In Argentina, that number is 4,989 km.

Argentina: At a glance

Argentina is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 2,736,690 sq km. In 1816, the United Provinces of the Rio Plata declared their independence from Spain. After Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay went their separate ways, the area that remained became Argentina. The country's population and culture were heavily shaped by immigrants from throughout Europe, with Italy and Spain providing the largest percentage of newcomers from 1860 to 1930. Up until about the mid-20th century, much of Argentina's history was dominated by periods of internal political conflict between Federalists and Unitarians and between civilian and military factions. After World War II, an era of Peronist populism and direct and indirect military interference in subsequent governments was followed by a military junta that took power in 1976. Democracy returned in 1983 after a failed bid to seize the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) by force, and has persisted despite numerous challenges, the most formidable of which was a severe economic crisis in 2001-02 that led to violent public protests and the successive resignations of several presidents. In January 2013, Argentina assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Argentina compared to Italy? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, Federal Administration of Public Revenue.


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