Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.3 years less


In Italy, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women). In Venezuela, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 28.6% more likely to be obese


In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Venezuela, that number is 25.6% of people.

Economy

be 34.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Italy, 29.9% live below the poverty line. In Venezuela, however, that number is 19.7%.

spend 30.3% less on taxes


Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8%. In Venezuela, the top tax rate is 34.0%.

make 68.2% less money


Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,100, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,100.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Italy, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Venezuela, that number is 26.4%.

Life

have 2.2 times more children


In Italy, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Venezuela, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 23.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Italy, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Venezuela, 95.0 women do.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Italy, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Venezuela, on the other hand, 12.2 children do.

Expenditures

spend 42.4% less on healthcare


Italy spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Venezuela, that number is 5.3% of GDP.

spend 68.3% more on education


Italy spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. Venezuela spends 6.9% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 63.2% less coastline


Italy has a total of 7,600 km of coastline. In Venezuela, that number is 2,800 km.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

How big is Venezuela 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, Ministerio del Poder Popular de Finanzas, SENIAT.

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