Quality of Life Comparison


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


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.


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%.


be 20.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 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.


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.


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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