If you lived in Northern Mariana Islands instead of Iceland, you would:


live 7.1 years less

In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 84 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022. In Northern Mariana Islands, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2022.


make 55.9% less money

Iceland has a GDP per capita of $55,600 as of 2022, while in Northern Mariana Islands, the GDP per capita is $24,500 as of 2016.

be 3.0 times more likely to be unemployed

In Iceland, 3.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2022. In Northern Mariana Islands, that number is 11.2% as of 2010.


have 24.6% more children

In Iceland, there are approximately 12.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024. In Northern Mariana Islands, there are 15.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024.

be 7.6 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 Northern Mariana Islands, on the other hand, 12.5 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 74.9% less likely to have internet access

In Iceland, approximately 100.0% of the population has internet access as of 2021. In Northern Mariana Islands, about 25.1% do as of 2021.


see 70.2% less coastline

Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Northern Mariana Islands, that number is 1,482 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

Northern Mariana Islands: At a glance

Northern Mariana Islands (sometimes abbreviated CNMI) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 464 sq km. Under US administration as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific, the people of the Northern Mariana Islands decided in the 1970s not to seek independence but instead to forge closer links with the US. Negotiations for territorial status began in 1972. A covenant to establish a commonwealth in political union with the US was approved in 1975, and came into force on 24 March 1976. A new government and constitution went into effect in 1978.
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