Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.3 years longer


In Malta, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 17.6% less likely to be obese


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

Economy

be 3.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malta, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

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


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

spend 28.6% more on taxes


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

Life

be 44.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Malta, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

Expenditures

spend 40.3% less on education


Malta spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

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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