If you lived in Iceland instead of United States, you would:
MAKE 22.9% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR
UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
ICELAND ($40,700.00 per capita)
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 (79.56 years life expectancy)
ICELAND (81.22 years life expectancy)
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 (12,186 kWh per capita)
ICELAND (51,142 kWh per capita)
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 (0.6% of people)
ICELAND (0.3% of people)
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 (6.17 per 1000 infants)
ICELAND (3.15 per 1000 infants)
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 (7.3% of people)
ICELAND (4.5% of people)
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 (19,924km of coastline)
ICELAND (4,970km of coastline)
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).
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