Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 97.3% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zambia, 11.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Spain, that number is 0.3% of people as of 2018.

live 28.4 years longer


In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 54 years (52 years for men, 55 years for women) as of 2020. In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.9 times more likely to be obese


In Zambia, 8.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 9.6 times more money


Zambia has a GDP per capita of $4,000 as of 2017, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,400 as of 2017.

be 61.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Zambia, 54.4% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1% as of 2012.

be 14.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Zambia, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2008. In Spain, that number is 17.2% as of 2017.

pay a 28.6% higher top tax rate


Zambia has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 98.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Zambia, approximately 213.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Spain, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 13.5% more likely to be literate


In Zambia, the literacy rate is 86.7% as of 2018. In Spain, it is 98.4% as of 2018.

be 94.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Zambia, approximately 56.0 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 78.5% fewer children


In Zambia, there are approximately 40.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Spain, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 3.0 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Zambia, approximately 33% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Spain, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 6.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Zambia, approximately 14.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Spain, about 86.1% do as of 2018.

be 48.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Zambia, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (90% in urban areas, and 51% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Spain, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

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 Zambia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Zambia Revenue Authority, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.

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