Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Italy instead of New Zealand, you would:

Health

be 35.4% less likely to be obese


In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In New Zealand, 4.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Italy, that number is 11.3% as of 2017.

pay a 47.9% higher top tax rate


New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Italy, the top tax rate is 48.8% as of 2016.

Life

be 77.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In New Zealand, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Italy, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

have 34.4% fewer children


In New Zealand, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Italy, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 18.1% less likely to have internet access


In New Zealand, approximately 90.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Italy, about 74.4% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 40.6% less on education


New Zealand spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Italy spends 3.8% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 49.8% less coastline


New Zealand has a total of 15,134 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 New Zealand? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.

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