Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 15.5 years longer

In Madagascar, the average life expectancy is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women). In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 4.5 times more likely to be obese

In Madagascar, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people.


make 23.9 times more money

Madagascar has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 70.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Madagascar, 70.7% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.

be 8.1 times more likely to be unemployed

In Madagascar, 2.1% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

spend 2.2 times more on taxes

Madagascar has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 98.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In Madagascar, approximately 353.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

be 51.9% more likely to be literate

In Madagascar, the literacy rate is 64.7%. In Spain, it is 98.3%.

be 92.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Madagascar, approximately 41.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 70.9% less children

In Madagascar, there are approximately 31.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 6.7 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Madagascar, 15% of the population has electricity access. In Spain, 100% of the population do.

be 17.1 times more likely to have internet access

In Madagascar, approximately 4.7% of the population has internet access. In Spain, about 80.6% do.

be 94.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Madagascar, approximately 52% of people have improved drinking water access (82% in urban areas, and 35% in rural areas). In Spain, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 2.0 times more on education

Madagascar spends 2.1% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 3.0 times more on healthcare

Madagascar spends 3.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Spain, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

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 Madagascar? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Direction of Taxes, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.


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