Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 5.9 years less

In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Portugal, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 4.8 times more likely to be obese

In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In Portugal, that number is 20.8% of people.


make 29.0% less money

Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Portugal, the GDP per capita is $30,400.

be 3.3 times more likely to be unemployed

In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Portugal, that number is 9.7%.

be 18.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line. In Portugal, however, that number is 19.0%.


have 16.9% more children

In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Portugal, there are 9.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 100.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Portugal, 10.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Portugal, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 23.5% less likely to have internet access

In Japan, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access. In Portugal, about 70.4% do.


spend 41.7% more on education

Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. Portugal spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.


see 94.0% less coastline

Japan has a total of 29,751 km of coastline. In Portugal, that number is 1,793 km.

Portugal: At a glance

Portugal is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 91,470 sq km. Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil, its wealthiest colony, in 1822. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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