Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 17.6% less likely to be obese


In Malta, 28.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 3.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malta, 4.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Spain, that number is 17.2% as of 2017.

be 29.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Malta, 16.3% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1% as of 2012.

pay a 28.6% higher top tax rate


Malta has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 33.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Malta, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Spain, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 30.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Malta, approximately 4.6 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.

have 12.1% fewer children


In Malta, there are approximately 9.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Spain, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 20.8% less on education


Malta spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Spain spends 4.2% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 25.2 times more coastline


Malta has a total of 197 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 Malta? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Government of Malta - Inland Revenue, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.

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