Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Iceland instead of Equatorial Guinea, you would:

Health

be 98.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Equatorial Guinea, 7.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Iceland, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

live 17.6 years longer


In Equatorial Guinea, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 67 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 2.7 times more likely to be obese


In Equatorial Guinea, 8.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 39.6% more money


Equatorial Guinea has a GDP per capita of $37,400 as of 2017, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,200 as of 2017.

be 67.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Equatorial Guinea, 8.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Iceland, that number is 2.8% as of 2017.

pay a 32.3% higher top tax rate


Equatorial Guinea has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3% as of 2016.

Life

be 98.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 301.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 96.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 59.7 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 56.7% fewer children


In Equatorial Guinea, there are approximately 30.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Iceland, there are 13.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 47.3% more likely to have access to electricity


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 68% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Iceland, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 3.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 26.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Iceland, about 99.0% do as of 2018.

be 47.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Equatorial Guinea, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (82% in urban areas, and 32% 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.

Geography

see 16.8 times more coastline


Equatorial Guinea has a total of 296 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.

How big is Iceland compared to Equatorial Guinea? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Directorate of Internal Revenue.

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