Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 16.4% less likely to be obese

In Spain, 23.8% of adults are obese. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people.


be 35.1% less likely to be unemployed

In Spain, 17.1% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.

be 41.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Spain, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.


be 20.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Spain, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 23.9% less likely to have internet access

In Spain, approximately 80.6% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.


see 53.1% more coastline

Spain has a total of 4,964 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 Spain? 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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