Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in New Zealand instead of Iceland, you would:


live 1.8 years less

In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In New Zealand, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 40.6% more likely to be obese

In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people.


spend 28.7% less on taxes

Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3%. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

make 24.9% less money

Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $38,900.

be 75.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In New Zealand, that number is 4.9%.


be 3.7 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In New Zealand, 11.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.


spend 19.2% less on education

Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. New Zealand spends 6.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 23.6% more on healthcare

Iceland spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In New Zealand, that number is 11.0% of GDP.


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.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, Directorate of Internal Revenue.


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