United States compared to Iceland

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If you moved to Iceland from United States, you would..


make 16.1% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Iceland Iceland ($48,100 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $48,100.
Category: United States vs. Iceland - GDP Per Capita

pay 16.9% more in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Iceland Iceland (46.3% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Iceland, the top marginal tax rate is 46.3%.
Category: United States vs. Iceland - Tax Rate

live 3.2 years longer


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Iceland Iceland (83 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years.
Category: United States vs. Iceland - Life Expectancy

consume 4.2 times more electricity


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Iceland Iceland (50,613 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Iceland, that number is 50,613 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Iceland - Electricity Consumption

have 10.4% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Iceland Iceland (13.8 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, that number is 13.8 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Iceland - Birth Rate

be 63.8% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Iceland Iceland (2.1 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Iceland - Infant Mortality

be 42.6% less likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Iceland Iceland (2.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Iceland, that number is 2.7% of people.
Category: United States vs. Iceland - Unemployment

see 75.1% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Iceland Iceland (4,970 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Iceland, that number is 4,970 km.
Category: United States vs. Iceland - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Directorate of Internal Revenue.


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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.

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