Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 14.4% more money

Spain has a GDP per capita of $38,300, while in France, the GDP per capita is $43,800.

be 44.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Spain, 17.1% of adults are unemployed. In France, that number is 9.5%.

be 32.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Spain, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In France, however, that number is 14.2%.

spend 11.6% more on taxes

Spain has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2%.


have 32.6% more children

In Spain, there are approximately 9.2 babies per 1,000 people. In France, there are 12.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 60.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Spain, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In France, 8.0 women do.


spend 27.9% more on education

Spain spends 4.3% of its total GDP on education. France spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 27.8% more on healthcare

Spain spends 9.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In France, that number is 11.5% of GDP.


see 31.0% less coastline

Spain has a total of 4,964 km of coastline. In France, that number is 3,427 km.

France: At a glance

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 549,970 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.


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