Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.0 years less


In Japan, the average life expectancy is 86 years (83 years for men, 90 years for women) as of 2020. In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 5.5 times more likely to be obese


In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 19.6% lower top tax rate


Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0% as of 2016. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.

make 10.5% less money


Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,900 as of 2017, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,400 as of 2017.

be 5.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Spain, that number is 17.2% as of 2017.

be 31.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1% as of 2012.

Life

be 20.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Spain, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

have 19.2% more children


In Japan, there are approximately 7.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Spain, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 68.4% more likely to die during infancy


In Japan, approximately 1.9 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.2 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 20.0% more on education


Japan spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Spain spends 4.2% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 83.3% less coastline


Japan has a total of 29,751 km of coastline. In Spain, that number is 4,964 km.

Spain: At a glance

Spain is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 498,980 sq km. Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World War I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. More recently the government has had to focus on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008. Austerity measures implemented to reduce a large budget deficit and reassure foreign investors have led to one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.

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


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

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