Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Norway instead of Australia, you would:

Health

be 20.3% less likely to be obese


In Australia, 29.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Norway, that number is 23.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 43.1% more money


Australia has a GDP per capita of $50,400 as of 2017, while in Norway, the GDP per capita is $72,100 as of 2017.

be 25.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Australia, 5.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Norway, that number is 4.2% as of 2017.

pay a 14.4% lower top tax rate


Australia has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In Norway, the top tax rate is 38.5% as of 2017.

Life

be 66.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Australia, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Norway, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 19.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Australia, approximately 3.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Norway, on the other hand, 2.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 11.5% more likely to have internet access


In Australia, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Norway, about 96.5% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 50.9% more on education


Australia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Norway spends 8.0% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Norway: At a glance

Norway is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,282 sq km. Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.

How big is Norway compared to Australia? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office, Norwegian Tax Administration.

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