If you lived in Iceland instead of Belarus, you would:


live 9.4 years longer

In Belarus, the average life expectancy is 74 years (69 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2022. In Iceland, that number is 84 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022.

be 10.6% less likely to be obese

In Belarus, 24.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.


make 2.9 times more money

Belarus has a GDP per capita of $19,100 as of 2022, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $55,600 as of 2022.

be 83.3% more likely to live below the poverty line

In Belarus, 4.8% live below the poverty line as of 2020. In Iceland, however, that number is 8.8% as of 2017.

pay a 3.6 times higher top tax rate

Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0% as of 2017. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3% as of 2016.


be 49.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Belarus, approximately 3.3 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Iceland, on the other hand, 1.6 children do as of 2022.

have 51.8% more children

In Belarus, there are approximately 8.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024. In Iceland, there are 12.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Belarus, approximately 1.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2020. In Iceland, 3.0 women do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 17.6% more likely to have internet access

In Belarus, approximately 85.0% of the population has internet access as of 2022. In Iceland, about 100.0% do as of 2021.


spend 63.8% more on education

Belarus spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2021. Iceland spends 7.7% of total GDP on education as of 2020.

spend 50.0% more on healthcare

Belarus spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2020. In Iceland, that number is 9.6% of GDP as of 2020.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Directorate of Internal Revenue, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.

Iceland: At a glance

Iceland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 100,250 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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