Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.1 years longer

In Taiwan, the average life expectancy is 80 years (77 years for men, 84 years for women). In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).


make 24.3% less money

Taiwan has a GDP per capita of $50,300, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed

In Taiwan, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.

be 19.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Taiwan, 1.5% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.


be 23.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Taiwan, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 30.3% less likely to have internet access

In Taiwan, approximately 88.0% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.


see 4.9 times more coastline

Taiwan has a total of 1,566 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 Taiwan? 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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