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


be 14.3% less likely to be obese

In Spain, 23.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Netherlands, that number is 20.4% of people as of 2016.


make 47.3% more money

Spain has a GDP per capita of $40,200 as of 2022, while in Netherlands, the GDP per capita is $59,200 as of 2022.

be 72.8% less likely to be unemployed

In Spain, 12.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2022. In Netherlands, that number is 3.5% as of 2022.

be 28.9% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Spain, 20.4% live below the poverty line as of 2021. In Netherlands, however, that number is 14.5% as of 2021.

pay a 15.6% higher top tax rate

Spain has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Netherlands, the top tax rate is 52.0% as of 2016.


have 49.3% more children

In Spain, there are approximately 7.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024. In Netherlands, there are 10.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024.

be 33.3% more likely to die during childbirth

In Spain, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2020. In Netherlands, 4.0 women do as of 2020.

be 37.7% more likely to die during infancy

In Spain, approximately 2.5 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Netherlands, on the other hand, 3.4 children do as of 2022.


spend 15.2% more on education

Spain spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. Netherlands spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2020.


see 90.9% less coastline

Spain has a total of 4,964 km of coastline. In Netherlands, that number is 451 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Tax and Customs Administration - Belastingdienst, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.

Netherlands: At a glance

Netherlands is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 33,893 sq km. The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
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