Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 61.2% more money

Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,100, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 73.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Italy, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Switzerland, that number is 3.0%.

be 77.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Italy, 29.9% live below the poverty line. In Switzerland, however, that number is 6.6%.

spend 18.0% less on taxes

Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8%. In Switzerland, the top tax rate is 40.0%.


have 22.1% more children

In Italy, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Switzerland, there are 10.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 25.0% more likely to die during childbirth

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

Basic Needs

be 45.8% more likely to have internet access

In Italy, approximately 61.3% of the population has internet access. In Switzerland, about 89.4% do.


spend 24.4% more on education

Italy spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. Switzerland spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 27.2% more on healthcare

Italy spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Switzerland, that number is 11.7% of GDP.

Switzerland: At a glance

Switzerland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 39,997 sq km. The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

How big is Switzerland 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, Swiss Federal Tax Administration.


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