Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in United States instead of Faroe Islands, you would:


make 48.8% more money

Faroe Islands has a GDP per capita of $40,000, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,500.

be 100.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Faroe Islands, 2.2% of adults are unemployed. In United States, that number is 4.4%.

be 51.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Faroe Islands, 10.0% live below the poverty line. In United States, however, that number is 15.1%.


have 12.6% fewer children

In Faroe Islands, there are approximately 14.3 babies per 1,000 people. In United States, there are 12.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 19.9% less likely to have internet access

In Faroe Islands, approximately 95.1% of the population has internet access. In United States, about 76.2% do.


see 17.8 times more coastline

Faroe Islands has a total of 1,117 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.

United States: At a glance

United States (sometimes abbreviated US or USA) is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,147,593 sq km. Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65), in which a northern Union of states defeated a secessionist Confederacy of 11 southern slave states, and the Great Depression of the 1930s, an economic downturn during which about a quarter of the labor force lost its jobs. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state. Since the end of World War II, the economy has achieved relatively steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.

How big is United States compared to Faroe Islands? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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