Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 22.1% more likely to be obese


In Switzerland, 19.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 38.2% less money


Switzerland has a GDP per capita of $62,100 as of 2017, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,400 as of 2017.

be 5.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Switzerland, 3.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Spain, that number is 17.2% as of 2017.

be 3.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Switzerland, 6.6% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1% as of 2012.

pay a 12.5% higher top tax rate


Switzerland has a top tax rate of 40.0% as of 2016. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 20.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Switzerland, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Spain, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

have 17.1% fewer children


In Switzerland, there are approximately 10.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Spain, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 17.6% less on education


Switzerland spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Spain spends 4.2% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Spain: At a glance

Spain is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 498,980 sq km. Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World War I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. More recently the government has had to focus on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008. Austerity measures implemented to reduce a large budget deficit and reassure foreign investors have led to one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Swiss Federal Tax Administration, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.

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