Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Iceland instead of El Salvador, you would:
live 8.3 years longer
In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 79 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 11.0% less likely to be obese
In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.
make 6.5 times more money
El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,100 as of 2020, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,300 as of 2020.
be 48.3% less likely to be unemployed
In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Iceland, that number is 3.6% as of 2019.
be 61.4% less likely to live below the poverty line
In El Salvador, 22.8% live below the poverty line as of 2019. In Iceland, however, that number is 8.8% as of 2017.
pay a 54.3% higher top tax rate
El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3% as of 2016.
be 91.3% less likely to die during childbirth
In El Salvador, approximately 46.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.
be 86.4% less likely to die during infancy
In El Salvador, approximately 12.1 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 27.5% fewer children
In El Salvador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Iceland, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 80.0% more likely to have internet access
In El Salvador, approximately 55.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Iceland, about 99.0% do as of 2020.
spend 2.2 times more on education
El Salvador spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2019. Iceland spends 7.6% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
spend 19.4% more on healthcare
El Salvador spends 7.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Iceland, that number is 8.6% of GDP as of 2019.
see 16.2 times more coastline
El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Iceland, that number is 4,970 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Directorate of Internal Revenue.
Iceland: At a glance
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