Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.3 years less


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

Economy

be 35.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Germany, that number is 3.8%.

Life

be 100.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Germany, 6.0 women do.

be 61.9% more likely to die during infancy


In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Germany, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 37.2% less children


In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Germany, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 37.2% less on education


Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. Germany spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 27.0% more on healthcare


Iceland spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Germany, that number is 11.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 51.9% less coastline


Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Germany, that number is 2,389 km.

Germany: At a glance

Germany is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 348,672 sq km. As Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation (after Russia), Germany is a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro.

How big is Germany 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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