Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 97.4% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Gabon, 3.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Iceland, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

live 14.3 years longer


In Gabon, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 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 46.0% more likely to be obese


In Gabon, 15.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.9 times more money


Gabon has a GDP per capita of $18,100 as of 2017, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,200 as of 2017.

be 90.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Gabon, 28.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Iceland, that number is 2.8% as of 2017.

pay a 32.3% higher top tax rate


Gabon 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 98.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Gabon, approximately 252.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 93.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Gabon, approximately 30.4 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 49.4% fewer children


In Gabon, there are approximately 26.3 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 59.7% more likely to have internet access


In Gabon, approximately 62.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Iceland, about 99.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 2.8 times more on education


Gabon spends 2.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Iceland spends 7.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 5.6 times more coastline


Gabon has a total of 885 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 Gabon? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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