Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 97.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Kenya, 4.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Iceland, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

live 14.3 years longer


In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.1 times more likely to be obese


In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 14.9 times more money


Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,200 as of 2017.

be 93.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Iceland, that number is 2.8% as of 2017.

pay a 54.3% higher top tax rate


Kenya has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3% as of 2016.

Life

be 98.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Kenya, approximately 342.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 93.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Kenya, approximately 29.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do as of 2020.

have 51.1% fewer children


In Kenya, there are approximately 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Iceland, there are 13.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 78.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In Kenya, approximately 56% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Iceland, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 5.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Kenya, approximately 17.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Iceland, about 99.0% do as of 2018.

be 47.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Kenya, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 60% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Iceland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 44.2% more on education


Kenya spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Iceland spends 7.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 9.3 times more coastline


Kenya has a total of 536 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 Kenya? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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