Quality of life comparison
If you lived in New Zealand instead of Iceland, you would:
live 1.1 years less
In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 84 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022. In New Zealand, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022.
be 40.6% more likely to be obese
In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people as of 2016.
pay a 28.7% lower top tax rate
Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3% as of 2016. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.
make 18.9% less money
Iceland has a GDP per capita of $52,300 as of 2020, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $42,400 as of 2020.
be 14.1% more likely to be unemployed
In Iceland, 3.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In New Zealand, that number is 4.1% as of 2019.
be 2.2 times more likely to die during childbirth
In Iceland, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In New Zealand, 9.0 women do as of 2017.
be 2.1 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 New Zealand, on the other hand, 3.4 children do as of 2022.
spend 21.1% less on education
Iceland spends 7.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. New Zealand spends 6.0% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
spend 12.8% more on healthcare
Iceland spends 8.6% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In New Zealand, that number is 9.7% of GDP as of 2019.
see 3.0 times more coastline
Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In New Zealand, that number is 15,134 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, Directorate of Internal Revenue.
New Zealand: At a glance
How big is New Zealand compared to Iceland? See an in-depth size comparison.