Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 9.3 years less


In Italy, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women). In Fiji, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 51.8% more likely to be obese


In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Fiji, that number is 30.2% of people.

Economy

be 50.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Italy, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Fiji, that number is 5.5%.

spend 59.0% less on taxes


Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8%. In Fiji, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 74.3% less money


Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,100, while in Fiji, the GDP per capita is $9,800.

Life

have 2.2 times more children


In Italy, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Fiji, there are 18.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 7.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Italy, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Fiji, 30.0 women do.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In Italy, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Fiji, on the other hand, 9.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 41.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Italy, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Fiji, 59% of the population do.

be 24.1% less likely to have internet access


In Italy, approximately 61.3% of the population has internet access. In Fiji, about 46.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 51.1% less on healthcare


Italy spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Fiji, that number is 4.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 85.1% less coastline


Italy has a total of 7,600 km of coastline. In Fiji, that number is 1,129 km.

Fiji: At a glance

Fiji is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 18,274 sq km. Fiji became independent in 1970 after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987 caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a civilian-led coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government led by Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE. Re-elected in May 2006, QARASE was ousted in a December 2006 military coup led by Commodore Voreqe BAINIMARAMA, who initially appointed himself acting president but in January 2007 became interim prime minister. Since taking power BAINIMARAMA has neutralized his opponents, crippled Fiji's democratic institutions, and initially refused to hold elections. In 2012, he promised to hold elections in 2014.

How big is Fiji 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, Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority.

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