Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Iceland instead of Congo, Democratic Republic Of, you would:

Health

live 25.4 years longer


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the average life expectancy is 58 years (56 years for men, 59 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 3.3 times more likely to be obese


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 6.7% of adults are obese. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people.

Economy

make 64.8 times more money


Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a GDP per capita of $800, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

Life

be 99.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 693.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

be 96.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 68.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

have 59.1% less children


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, there are approximately 33.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 11.1 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 9% of the population has electricity access. In Iceland, 100% of the population do.

be 25.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 3.8% of the population has internet access. In Iceland, about 98.2% do.

be 90.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, approximately 52% of people have improved drinking water access (81% in urban areas, and 31% in rural areas). In Iceland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 3.4 times more on education


Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 2.3% of its total GDP on education. Iceland spends 7.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.1 times more on healthcare


Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 4.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 134.3 times more coastline


Congo, Democratic Republic Of has a total of 37 km of coastline. In Iceland, that number is 4,970 km.

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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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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