Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 7.0 years longer

In Hungary, the average life expectancy is 76 years (72 years for men, 80 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 17.0% less likely to be obese

In Hungary, 26.4% of adults are obese. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people.


make 75.6% more money

Hungary has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

be 36.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Hungary, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Iceland, that number is 2.8%.

spend 3.1 times more on taxes

Hungary has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3%.


be 82.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In Hungary, approximately 17.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

be 57.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Hungary, approximately 4.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

have 52.2% more children

In Hungary, there are approximately 9.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 23.8% more likely to have internet access

In Hungary, approximately 79.3% of the population has internet access. In Iceland, about 98.2% do.


spend 69.6% more on education

Hungary spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education. Iceland spends 7.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 20.3% more on healthcare

Hungary spends 7.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

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 Hungary? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Tax and Customs Administration of Hungary, Directorate of Internal Revenue.


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