Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 98.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 20.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Spain, that number is 0.3% of people as of 2018.

live 17.2 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 15.9% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.8 times more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,400 as of 2017.

be 37.5% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Spain, that number is 17.2% as of 2017.

be 27.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1% as of 2012.

Life

be 96.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Spain, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 13.1% more likely to be literate


In South Africa, the literacy rate is 87.0% as of 2017. In Spain, it is 98.4% as of 2018.

be 88.5% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 27.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.2 children do as of 2020.

have 54.7% fewer children


In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Spain, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 18.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Spain, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 53.3% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Spain, about 86.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 32.3% less on education


South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Spain spends 4.2% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 77.4% more coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 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 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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