Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Iraq instead of Iceland, you would:
live 10.5 years less
In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 84 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022. In Iraq, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women) as of 2022.
be 38.8% more likely to be obese
In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iraq, that number is 30.4% of people as of 2016.
pay a 67.6% lower top tax rate
Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3% as of 2016. In Iraq, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.
make 82.2% less money
Iceland has a GDP per capita of $52,300 as of 2020, while in Iraq, the GDP per capita is $9,300 as of 2020.
be 4.4 times more likely to be unemployed
In Iceland, 3.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Iraq, that number is 16.0% as of 2012.
be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line
In Iceland, 8.8% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Iraq, however, that number is 23.0% as of 2014.
have 90.6% more children
In Iceland, there are approximately 13.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Iraq, there are 24.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 19.8 times more likely to die during childbirth
In Iceland, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iraq, 79.0 women do as of 2017.
be 11.9 times more likely to die during infancy
In Iceland, approximately 1.6 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Iraq, on the other hand, 19.6 children do as of 2022.
be 39.4% less likely to have internet access
In Iceland, approximately 99.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Iraq, about 60.0% do as of 2020.
spend 47.7% less on healthcare
Iceland spends 8.6% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Iraq, that number is 4.5% of GDP as of 2019.
see 98.8% less coastline
Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Iraq, that number is 58 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Directorate of Internal Revenue.
Iraq: At a glance
How big is Iraq compared to Iceland? See an in-depth size comparison.