Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Portugal instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 42.5% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Portugal, that number is 20.8% of people.

Economy

make 48.9% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Portugal, the GDP per capita is $30,400.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Portugal, that number is 9.7%.

be 25.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Portugal, however, that number is 19.0%.

spend 42.7% more on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Portugal, the top tax rate is 56.5%.

Life

be 28.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Portugal, 10.0 women do.

be 25.9% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Portugal, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

have 28.0% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Portugal, there are 9.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 44.4% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Portugal, that number is 9.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 91.0% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Portugal, that number is 1,793 km.

Portugal: At a glance

Portugal is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 91,470 sq km. Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil, its wealthiest colony, in 1822. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986.

How big is Portugal compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Autoridade Tribut√°ria e Aduaneira.

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