Comparing United States to Iceland

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MAKE 22.9% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Iceland  ICELAND ($40,700.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Iceland, that number is $40,700.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Iceland GDP

LIVE 1.7 YEARS LONGER


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Iceland  ICELAND (81.22 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 81.22.
Category: United States vs. Iceland life expectancy

CONSUME 4.2 TIMES MORE ELECTRICTY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Iceland  ICELAND (51,142 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Iceland, it is 51,142 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Iceland electricity consumption

BE 50% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Iceland  ICELAND (0.3% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Iceland, that number is 0.3%.
Category: United States vs. Iceland AIDS percentage

BE 48.9% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Iceland  ICELAND (3.15 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, there are a total of 3.15 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Iceland infant mortality

BE 38.4% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Iceland  ICELAND (4.5% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Iceland 4.5% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Iceland unemployment rate

SEE A 75.1% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Iceland  ICELAND (4,970km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Iceland has a total of 4,970 km.
Category: United States vs. Iceland coastline

At a Glance: Iceland

  • Land Area: ~103 thousand sq km (United States is ~95 times bigger than Iceland)
  • Population: ~317 thousand people (319 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Iceland (103,000 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Iceland

Iceland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 103,000 sq km. Settled by Norwegian and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) immigrants during the late 9th and 10th centuries A.D., Iceland boasts the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly, the Althing, established in 930. Independent for over 300 years, Iceland was subsequently ruled by Norway and Denmark. Fallout from the Askja volcano of 1875 devastated the Icelandic economy and caused widespread famine. Over the next quarter century, 20% of the island's population emigrated, mostly to Canada and the US. Denmark granted limited home rule in 1874 and complete independence in 1944. The second half of the 20th century saw substantial economic growth driven primarily by the fishing industry. The economy diversified greatly after the country joined the European Economic Area in 1994, but Iceland was especially hard hit by the global financial crisis in the years following 2008. Literacy, longevity, and social cohesion are first rate by world standards.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).