Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 35.2% more money

Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,100, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,500.

be 40.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Italy, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Sweden, that number is 6.6%.

be 49.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Italy, 29.9% live below the poverty line. In Sweden, however, that number is 15.0%.

spend 17.0% more on taxes

Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8%. In Sweden, the top tax rate is 57.1%.


be 21.2% less likely to die during infancy

In Italy, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do.

have 40.7% more children

In Italy, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Sweden, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 49.3% more likely to have internet access

In Italy, approximately 61.3% of the population has internet access. In Sweden, about 91.5% do.


spend 87.8% more on education

Italy spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. Sweden spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 29.3% more on healthcare

Italy spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sweden, that number is 11.9% of GDP.


see 57.7% less coastline

Italy has a total of 7,600 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

How big is Sweden 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, Skatteverket.


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