Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Barbados instead of Spain, you would:


be 4.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Spain, 0.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Barbados, that number is 1.6% of people.

live 6.3 years less

In Spain, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women). In Barbados, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).


be 38.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Spain, 17.1% of adults are unemployed. In Barbados, that number is 10.5%.

spend 25.6% less on taxes

Spain has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5%.

make 51.2% less money

Spain has a GDP per capita of $38,300, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,700.


have 27.2% more children

In Spain, there are approximately 9.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Barbados, there are 11.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.4 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Spain, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Barbados, 27.0 women do.

be 3.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In Spain, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Barbados, on the other hand, 10.2 children do.


spend 16.7% less on healthcare

Spain spends 9.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Barbados, that number is 7.5% of GDP.

spend 18.6% more on education

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


see 98.0% less coastline

Spain has a total of 4,964 km of coastline. In Barbados, that number is 97 km.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

How big is Barbados compared to Spain? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Barbados, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.


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