Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.6 years less

In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Malta, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 32.0% more likely to be obese

In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese. In Malta, that number is 28.9% of people.


spend 24.4% less on taxes

Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3%. In Malta, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 18.9% less money

Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Malta, the GDP per capita is $42,000.

be 57.1% more likely to be unemployed

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


be 3.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malta, 9.0 women do.

be 66.7% more likely to die during infancy

In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malta, on the other hand, 3.5 children do.

have 26.3% fewer children

In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Malta, there are 10.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 21.3% less likely to have internet access

In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Malta, about 77.3% do.


see 96.0% less coastline

Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Malta, that number is 197 km.

Malta: At a glance

Malta is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 316 sq km. Great Britain formally acquired possession of Malta in 1814. The island staunchly supported the UK through both world wars and remained in the Commonwealth when it became independent in 1964; a decade later it declared itself a republic. Since about the mid-1980s, the island has transformed itself into a freight transshipment point, a financial center, and a tourist destination. Malta became an EU member in May 2004 and began using the euro as currency in 2008.

How big is Malta 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, Government of Malta - Inland Revenue.


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