Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.0 years less


In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 4.6 times more likely to be obese


In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people.

Economy

spend 12.8% less on taxes


Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In Italy, the top tax rate is 48.8%.

make 11.0% less money


Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 3.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.

be 85.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.

Life

be 20.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

have 11.7% more children


In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Italy, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 65.0% more likely to die during infancy


In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 33.4% less likely to have internet access


In Japan, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 13.9% more on education


Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. Italy spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 74.5% less coastline


Japan has a total of 29,751 km of coastline. In Italy, that number is 7,600 km.

Italy: At a glance

Italy is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 294,140 sq km. Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy is a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include sluggish economic growth, high youth and female unemployment, organized crime, corruption, and economic disparities between southern Italy and the more prosperous north.

How big is Italy compared to Japan? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, National Tax Agency Japan.

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