Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 19.6% more likely to be obese


In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

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


In Italy, 29.9% live below the poverty line as of 2012. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1% as of 2012.

be 52.2% more likely to be unemployed


In Italy, 11.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Spain, that number is 17.2% as of 2017.

Life

be 100.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Italy, approximately 2.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Spain, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 15.8% more likely to have internet access


In Italy, approximately 74.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Spain, about 86.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 10.5% more on education


Italy spends 3.8% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Spain spends 4.2% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

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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