Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.5 years less


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

be 5.5 times more likely to be obese


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

Economy

spend 19.6% less on taxes


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

make 10.5% less money


Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 5.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

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


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

Life

have 19.5% more children


In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 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 Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.4% less likely to have internet access


In Japan, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access. In Spain, about 80.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 11.8% less on healthcare


Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Spain, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

spend 19.4% more on education


Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

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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