Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Hong Kong instead of Iceland, you would:


make 18.5% more money

Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

spend 67.6% less on taxes

Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3%. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 10.7% more likely to be unemployed

In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1%.


be 28.6% more likely to die during infancy

In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do.

have 35.0% fewer children

In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Hong Kong, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 13.4% less likely to have internet access

In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Hong Kong, about 85.0% do.


spend 57.7% less on education

Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education.


see 85.3% less coastline

Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Hong Kong, that number is 733 km.

Hong Kong: At a glance

Hong Kong (sometimes abbreviated HK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 1,073 sq km. Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system would not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the subsequent 50 years.

How big is Hong Kong 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, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.


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