Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 85.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Liberia, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Italy, that number is 0.2% of people.

live 19.0 years longer

In Liberia, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 2.0 times more likely to be obese

In Liberia, 9.9% of adults are obese. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people.


make 27.2 times more money

Liberia has a GDP per capita of $1,400, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 44.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Liberia, 54.1% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.

be 4.0 times more likely to be unemployed

In Liberia, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.


be 99.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In Liberia, approximately 725.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to be literate

In Liberia, the literacy rate is 47.6%. In Italy, it is 99.2%.

be 93.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Liberia, approximately 52.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 77.5% fewer children

In Liberia, there are approximately 38.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Italy, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 10.0 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Liberia, 10% of the population has electricity access. In Italy, 100% of the population do.

be 8.4 times more likely to have internet access

In Liberia, approximately 7.3% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.

be 32.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Liberia, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 63% in rural areas). In Italy, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 46.4% more on education

Liberia spends 2.8% of its total GDP on education. Italy spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.


see 13.1 times more coastline

Liberia has a total of 579 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 Liberia? 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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