Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.2 years less


In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In New Zealand, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

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.

Economy

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 25.3% less money


Iceland has a GDP per capita of $52,200 as of 2017, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $39,000 as of 2017.

be 67.9% more likely to be unemployed


In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In New Zealand, that number is 4.7% as of 2017.

Life

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 66.7% more likely to die during infancy


In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 3.5 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 14.7% less on education


Iceland spends 7.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. New Zealand spends 6.4% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

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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