Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 7.0 years less

In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Hungary, that number is 76 years (72 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 20.5% more likely to be obese

In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese. In Hungary, that number is 26.4% of people.


spend 67.6% less on taxes

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

make 43.1% less money

Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Hungary, the GDP per capita is $29,500.

be 57.1% more likely to be unemployed

In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Hungary, that number is 4.4%.


be 5.7 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Hungary, 17.0 women do.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during infancy

In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hungary, on the other hand, 4.9 children do.

have 34.3% less children

In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Hungary, there are 9.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 19.2% less likely to have internet access

In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Hungary, about 79.3% do.


spend 41.0% less on education

Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. Hungary spends 4.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 16.9% less on healthcare

Iceland spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Hungary, that number is 7.4% of GDP.

Hungary: At a glance

Hungary is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 89,608 sq km. Hungary became a Christian kingdom in A.D. 1000 and for many centuries served as a bulwark against Ottoman Turkish expansion in Europe. The kingdom eventually became part of the polyglot Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed during World War I. The country fell under communist rule following World War II. In 1956, a revolt and an announced withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact were met with a massive military intervention by Moscow. Under the leadership of Janos KADAR in 1968, Hungary began liberalizing its economy, introducing so-called "Goulash Communism." Hungary held its first multiparty elections in 1990 and initiated a free market economy. It joined NATO in 1999 and the EU five years later. In 2011, Hungary assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the EU for the first time.

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

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


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