Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Italy instead of Sao Tome and Principe, you would:


live 17.0 years longer

In Sao Tome and Principe, the average life expectancy is 65 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women). In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 60.5% more likely to be obese

In Sao Tome and Principe, 12.4% of adults are obese. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people.


make 11.9 times more money

Sao Tome and Principe has a GDP per capita of $3,200, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 54.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Sao Tome and Principe, 66.2% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.


be 97.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 156.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

be 32.4% more likely to be literate

In Sao Tome and Principe, the literacy rate is 74.9%. In Italy, it is 99.2%.

be 92.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 45.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 73.5% fewer children

In Sao Tome and Principe, there are approximately 32.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Italy, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 69.5% more likely to have access to electricity

In Sao Tome and Principe, 59% of the population has electricity access. In Italy, 100% of the population do.

be 2.4 times more likely to have internet access

In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 25.8% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.


spend 10.8% more on education

Sao Tome and Principe spends 3.7% of its total GDP on education. Italy spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.


see 36.4 times more coastline

Sao Tome and Principe has a total of 209 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 Sao Tome and Principe? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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