Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of Iceland, you would:

Health

live 4.4 years less


In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 17.4% more likely to be obese


In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people.

Economy

spend 67.6% less on taxes


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

make 67.4% less money


Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900.

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1%.

Life

have 13.1% more children


In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 8.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Costa Rica, 25.0 women do.

be 3.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 32.8% less likely to have internet access


In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Costa Rica, about 66.0% do.

Geography

see 74.0% less coastline


Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

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


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

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