Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 5.1 times more likely to be obese

In South Korea, 4.7% of adults are obese. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people.


be 4.6 times more likely to be unemployed

In South Korea, 3.7% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

be 46.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In South Korea, 14.4% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.

spend 18.4% more on taxes

South Korea has a top tax rate of 38.0%. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 54.5% less likely to die during childbirth

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

have 10.8% more children

In South Korea, there are approximately 8.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 10.3% less likely to have internet access

In South Korea, approximately 89.9% of the population has internet access. In Spain, about 80.6% do.


spend 15.7% less on education

South Korea spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 21.6% more on healthcare

South Korea spends 7.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Spain, that number is 9.0% of GDP.


see 2.1 times more coastline

South Korea has a total of 2,413 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 Korea? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Tax Service, South Korea, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.


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