Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.5 years longer

In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Macau, that number is 85 years (82 years for men, 88 years for women).


make 2.2 times more money

Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Macau, the GDP per capita is $111,600.

be 28.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Macau, that number is 2.0%.

spend 74.1% less on taxes

Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3%. In Macau, the top tax rate is 12.0%.


be 47.6% more likely to die during infancy

In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Macau, on the other hand, 3.1 children do.

have 37.2% less children

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

Basic Needs

be 21.0% less likely to have internet access

In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Macau, about 77.6% do.


spend 61.5% less on education

Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. Macau spends 3.0% of total GDP on education.


see 99.2% less coastline

Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Macau, that number is 41 km.

Macau: At a glance

Macau is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 28 sq km. Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 20 December 1999. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's political and economic system would not be imposed on Macau, and that Macau would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign affairs and defense for the subsequent 50 years.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Secretariat for Economy and Finance, Directorate of Internal Revenue.


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