Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 8.1 years less


In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Turkey, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 46.6% more likely to be obese


In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese. In Turkey, that number is 32.1% of people.

Economy

spend 24.4% less on taxes


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

make 48.1% less money


Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Turkey, the GDP per capita is $26,900.

be 4.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Turkey, that number is 11.2%.

Life

have 14.6% more children


In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Turkey, there are 15.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Turkey, 16.0 women do.

be 8.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Turkey, on the other hand, 17.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 40.6% less likely to have internet access


In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Turkey, about 58.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 43.6% less on education


Iceland spends 7.8% of its total GDP on education. Turkey spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 39.3% less on healthcare


Iceland spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Turkey, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 44.9% more coastline


Iceland has a total of 4,970 km of coastline. In Turkey, that number is 7,200 km.

Turkey: At a glance

Turkey is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 769,632 sq km. Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk or "Father of the Turks." Under his leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms. After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians. In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes. A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the Kurdistan People's Congress or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - has dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives. After the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey mainly to northern Iraq. In 2013, KGK and the Turkish Government agreed to a ceasefire that continues despite slow progress in ongoing peace talks. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO. In 1964, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community. Over the past decade, it has undertaken many reforms to strengthen its democracy and economy; it began accession membership talks with the European Union in 2005.

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


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

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