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

Health

live 2.0 years longer

In Ireland, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022. In Iceland, that number is 84 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022.

be 13.4% less likely to be obese

In Ireland, 25.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 27.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Ireland, 5.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Iceland, that number is 3.6% as of 2019.

be 32.8% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Ireland, 13.1% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In Iceland, however, that number is 8.8% as of 2017.

make 41.7% less money

Ireland has a GDP per capita of $89,700 as of 2020, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,300 as of 2020.

Life

be 20.0% less likely to die during childbirth

In Ireland, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 52.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Ireland, approximately 3.5 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Iceland, on the other hand, 1.6 children do as of 2022.

Expenditures

spend 2.2 times more on education

Ireland spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Iceland spends 7.6% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

spend 28.4% more on healthcare

Ireland spends 6.7% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Iceland, that number is 8.6% of GDP as of 2019.

Geography

see 3.4 times more coastline

Ireland has a total of 1,448 km of coastline. In Iceland, that number is 4,970 km.


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

Iceland: At a glance

Iceland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 100,250 sq km. Settled by Norwegian and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) immigrants during the late 9th and 10th centuries A.D., Iceland boasts the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly, the Althing, established in 930. Independent for over 300 years, Iceland was subsequently ruled by Norway and Denmark. Fallout from the Askja volcano of 1875 devastated the Icelandic economy and caused widespread famine. Over the next quarter century, 20% of the island's population emigrated, mostly to Canada and the US. Denmark granted limited home rule in 1874 and complete independence in 1944. The second half of the 20th century saw substantial economic growth driven primarily by the fishing industry. The economy diversified greatly after the country joined the European Economic Area in 1994, but Iceland was especially hard hit by the global financial crisis in the years following 2008. Literacy, longevity, and social cohesion are first rate by world standards.
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