Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Italy instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

be 98.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 18.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Italy, that number is 0.2% of people.

live 18.5 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 65 years for women). In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 29.7% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people.

Economy

make 2.8 times more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,500, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 59.8% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.6% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.

be 80.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.

Life

be 97.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 138.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

be 89.4% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 31.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 57.4% less children


In South Africa, there are approximately 20.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Italy, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 17.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, 85% of the population has electricity access. In Italy, 100% of the population do.

be 13.5% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 30.5% less on education


South Africa spends 5.9% of its total GDP on education. Italy spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 2.7 times more coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 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 South Africa? 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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