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


live 7.7 years less

In Italy, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2022. In Colombia, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2022.

be 12.1% more likely to be obese

In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Colombia, that number is 22.3% of people as of 2016.


pay a 32.4% lower top tax rate

Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8% as of 2016. In Colombia, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

make 64.8% less money

Italy has a GDP per capita of $44,300 as of 2022, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $15,600 as of 2022.

be 30.7% more likely to be unemployed

In Italy, 8.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2022. In Colombia, that number is 10.6% as of 2022.

be 95.5% more likely to live below the poverty line

In Italy, 20.1% live below the poverty line as of 2021. In Colombia, however, that number is 39.3% as of 2021.


have 2.1 times more children

In Italy, there are approximately 7.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024. In Colombia, there are 14.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024.

be 15.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Italy, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2020. In Colombia, 75.0 women do as of 2020.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy

In Italy, approximately 3.2 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Colombia, on the other hand, 11.7 children do as of 2022.


spend 14.0% more on education

Italy spends 4.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. Colombia spends 4.9% of total GDP on education as of 2020.


see 57.8% less coastline

Italy has a total of 7,600 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN).

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.
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