Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Spain instead of Western Sahara, you would:

Health

live 17.5 years longer


In Western Sahara, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020. In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 15.4 times more money


Western Sahara has a GDP per capita of $2,500 as of 2007, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,400 as of 2017.

Life

be 93.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Western Sahara, approximately 47.9 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.2 children do as of 2020.

have 68.9% fewer children


In Western Sahara, there are approximately 28.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Spain, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Geography

see 4.5 times more coastline


Western Sahara has a total of 1,110 km of coastline. In Spain, that number is 4,964 km.

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 Western Sahara? 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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