Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 8.4 years less

In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 14.2% more likely to be obese

In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese. In Bulgaria, that number is 25.0% of people.


spend 78.4% less on taxes

Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3%. In Bulgaria, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

make 58.1% less money

Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,700.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed

In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2%.


be 3.7 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bulgaria, 11.0 women do.

be 4.0 times more likely to die during infancy

In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

have 36.5% less children

In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Bulgaria, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 39.1% less likely to have internet access

In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Bulgaria, about 59.8% do.


spend 47.4% less on education

Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. Bulgaria spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.


see 92.9% less coastline

Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

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

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


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