Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.8 years less


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

Economy

spend 24.4% less on taxes


Spain has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Venezuela, the top tax rate is 34.0%.

make 68.4% less money


Spain has a GDP per capita of $38,300, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,100.

be 54.4% more likely to be unemployed


In Spain, 17.1% of adults are unemployed. In Venezuela, that number is 26.4%.

Life

have 2.0 times more children


In Spain, there are approximately 9.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Venezuela, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 19.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Spain, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Venezuela, 95.0 women do.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Spain, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Venezuela, on the other hand, 12.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 25.6% less likely to have internet access


In Spain, approximately 80.6% of the population has internet access. In Venezuela, about 60.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 41.1% less on healthcare


Spain spends 9.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Venezuela, that number is 5.3% of GDP.

spend 60.5% more on education


Spain spends 4.3% of its total GDP on education. Venezuela spends 6.9% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 43.6% less coastline


Spain has a total of 4,964 km of coastline. In Venezuela, that number is 2,800 km.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministerio del Poder Popular de Finanzas, SENIAT, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.

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