Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

pay a 14.5% lower top tax rate


Sweden has a top tax rate of 57.1% as of 2016. In Italy, the top tax rate is 48.8% as of 2016.

make 25.4% less money


Sweden has a GDP per capita of $51,200 as of 2017, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,200 as of 2017.

be 68.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Sweden, 6.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Italy, that number is 11.3% as of 2017.

be 99.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sweden, 15.0% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9% as of 2012.

Life

be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sweden, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Italy, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 23.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Sweden, approximately 2.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.2 children do as of 2020.

have 30.6% fewer children


In Sweden, there are approximately 12.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Italy, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 19.3% less likely to have internet access


In Sweden, approximately 92.1% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Italy, about 74.4% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 50.6% less on education


Sweden spends 7.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Italy spends 3.8% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 2.4 times more coastline


Sweden has a total of 3,218 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 Sweden? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, Skatteverket.

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