Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 54.3% less likely to be obese


In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese. In Thailand, that number is 10.0% of people.

live 8.2 years less


In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Thailand, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

be 75.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Thailand, that number is 0.7%.

spend 24.4% less on taxes


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

make 65.4% less money


Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Thailand, the GDP per capita is $17,900.

Life

be 6.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Thailand, 20.0 women do.

be 4.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Thailand, on the other hand, 9.2 children do.

have 19.7% fewer children


In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Thailand, there are 11.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 51.6% less likely to have internet access


In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Thailand, about 47.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 47.4% less on education


Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. Thailand spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 27.0% less on healthcare


Iceland spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Thailand, that number is 6.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 35.2% less coastline


Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Thailand, that number is 3,219 km.

Thailand: At a glance

Thailand is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 510,890 sq km. A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the United States in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in Thailand's southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.

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


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

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