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 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 New Zealand, 4.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Spain, that number is 17.2% as of 2017.

pay a 36.4% higher top tax rate


New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 55.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In New Zealand, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Spain, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

have 32.0% fewer children


In New Zealand, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Spain, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 34.4% less on education


New Zealand spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Spain spends 4.2% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

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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