Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 18.5 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 4.1 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people.

Economy

make 7.0 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

be 86.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Iceland, that number is 2.8%.

spend 92.9% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3%.

Life

be 98.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

be 95.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

have 41.9% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of the population has electricity access. In Iceland, 100% of the population do.

be 5.4 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Iceland, about 98.2% do.

be 32.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Laos, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas). In Iceland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.7 times more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Iceland spends 7.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 4.7 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

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 Laos? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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