Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 19.6% more likely to be obese

In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people.


be 29.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Italy, 29.9% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.

be 54.1% more likely to be unemployed

In Italy, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.


be 25.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Italy, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 31.5% more likely to have internet access

In Italy, approximately 61.3% of the population has internet access. In Spain, about 80.6% do.


see 34.7% less coastline

Italy has a total of 7,600 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 Italy? 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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