Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.1 years longer


In Latvia, the average life expectancy is 75 years (71 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020. In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 15.7% less likely to be obese


In Latvia, 23.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 37.9% more money


Latvia has a GDP per capita of $27,700 as of 2017, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,200 as of 2017.

be 29.9% more likely to be unemployed


In Latvia, 8.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Italy, that number is 11.3% as of 2017.

be 17.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Latvia, 25.5% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9% as of 2012.

pay a 2.1 times higher top tax rate


Latvia has a top tax rate of 23.0% as of 2016. In Italy, the top tax rate is 48.8% as of 2016.

Life

be 89.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Latvia, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Italy, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 36.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Latvia, approximately 5.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.2 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 11.0% less likely to have internet access


In Latvia, approximately 83.6% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Italy, about 74.4% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 28.3% less on education


Latvia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Italy spends 3.8% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 15.3 times more coastline


Latvia has a total of 498 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 Latvia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: State Revenue Service, Latvia, The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency.

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