Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.9 years less


In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In Estonia, that number is 77 years (73 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 56.8% lower top tax rate


Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3% as of 2016. In Estonia, the top tax rate is 20.0% as of 2016.

make 39.3% less money


Iceland has a GDP per capita of $52,200 as of 2017, while in Estonia, the GDP per capita is $31,700 as of 2017.

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Estonia, that number is 5.8% as of 2017.

Life

be 2.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Iceland, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Estonia, 9.0 women do as of 2017.

be 76.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Estonia, on the other hand, 3.7 children do as of 2020.

have 30.1% fewer children


In Iceland, there are approximately 13.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Estonia, there are 9.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 30.7% less on education


Iceland spends 7.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Estonia spends 5.2% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 23.7% less coastline


Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Estonia, that number is 3,794 km.

Estonia: At a glance

Estonia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 42,388 sq km. After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US - it regained its freedom in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic and political ties with the West. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004, formally joined the OECD in late 2010, and adopted the euro as its official currency on 1 January 2011.

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


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

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