Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Cook Islands instead of Iceland, you would:


live 7.1 years less

In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Cook Islands, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 2.6 times more likely to be obese

In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese. In Cook Islands, that number is 55.9% of people.


make 67.8% less money

Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Cook Islands, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 4.7 times more likely to be unemployed

In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Cook Islands, that number is 13.1%.


be 6.2 times more likely to die during infancy

In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cook Islands, on the other hand, 13.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 45.0% less likely to have internet access

In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Cook Islands, about 54.0% do.


spend 39.7% less on education

Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. Cook Islands spends 4.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 61.8% less on healthcare

Iceland spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cook Islands, that number is 3.4% of GDP.


see 97.6% less coastline

Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Cook Islands, that number is 120 km.

Cook Islands: At a glance

Cook Islands is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 236 sq km. Named after Captain COOK, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965, residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.

How big is Cook Islands compared to Iceland? 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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