Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 22.7% less likely to be obese


In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people.

Economy

be 3.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In New Zealand, 4.9% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

spend 36.4% more on taxes


New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 54.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In New Zealand, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

be 25.0% less likely to die during infancy


In New Zealand, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 30.3% fewer children


In New Zealand, there are approximately 13.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 31.7% less on education


New Zealand spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 18.2% less on healthcare


New Zealand spends 11.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Spain, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 67.2% less coastline


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


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

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