Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 8.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Italy, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Barbados, that number is 1.6% of people.

live 6.8 years less

In Italy, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women). In Barbados, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 16.1% more likely to be obese

In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Barbados, that number is 23.1% of people.


spend 31.4% less on taxes

Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8%. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5%.

make 50.9% less money

Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,100, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,700.


have 36.0% more children

In Italy, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Barbados, there are 11.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.8 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Italy, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Barbados, 27.0 women do.

be 3.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In Italy, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Barbados, on the other hand, 10.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 29.7% more likely to have internet access

In Italy, approximately 61.3% of the population has internet access. In Barbados, about 79.5% do.


spend 18.5% less on healthcare

Italy spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Barbados, that number is 7.5% of GDP.

spend 24.4% more on education

Italy spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. Barbados spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.


see 98.7% less coastline

Italy has a total of 7,600 km of coastline. In Barbados, that number is 97 km.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

How big is Barbados 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, Ministry of Finance, Barbados.


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