Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Iceland instead of Afghanistan, you would:
live 30.5 years longer
In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women) as of 2020. In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020.
be 4.0 times more likely to be obese
In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.
make 26.1 times more money
Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2017, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,200 as of 2017.
be 88.3% less likely to be unemployed
In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Iceland, that number is 2.8% as of 2017.
pay a 2.3 times higher top tax rate
Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3% as of 2016.
be 99.4% less likely to die during childbirth
In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.
be 98.0% less likely to die during infancy
In Afghanistan, approximately 104.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do as of 2020.
have 63.8% fewer children
In Afghanistan, there are approximately 36.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Iceland, there are 13.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 18.9% more likely to have access to electricity
In Afghanistan, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2012. In Iceland, 100% of the population do as of 2016.
be 7.3 times more likely to have internet access
In Afghanistan, approximately 13.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Iceland, about 99.0% do as of 2018.
be 42.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Afghanistan, approximately 70% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 61% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Iceland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.
spend 82.9% more on education
Afghanistan spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Iceland spends 7.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Afghanistan Revenue Department, Directorate of Internal Revenue.
Iceland: At a glance
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