Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.2 years less


In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 5.1 times more likely to be obese


In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people.

Economy

make 21.0% more money


Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

spend 17.2% less on taxes


Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3%.

Life

be 40.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

have 77.9% more children


In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 12.7% less on healthcare


Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

spend 2.2 times more on education


Japan spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education. Iceland spends 7.8% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 83.3% less coastline


Japan has a total of 29,751 km of coastline. In Iceland, that number is 4,970 km.

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.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Directorate of Internal Revenue, National Tax Agency Japan.

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