Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.3 years longer


In Germany, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

Economy

be 26.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In Iceland, that number is 2.8%.

Life

be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Germany, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

be 38.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Germany, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

have 59.3% more children


In Germany, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 21.2% less on healthcare


Germany spends 11.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

spend 59.2% more on education


Germany spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Iceland spends 7.8% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 2.1 times more coastline


Germany has a total of 2,389 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 Germany? 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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