Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 30.1 years longer


In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 31.9% more likely to be obese


In Lesotho, 16.6% of adults are obese. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people.

Economy

make 14.4 times more money


Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $3,600, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

be 90.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed. In Iceland, that number is 2.8%.

spend 54.3% more on taxes


Lesotho has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3%.

Life

be 99.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Lesotho, approximately 487.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

be 95.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Lesotho, approximately 46.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

have 44.3% fewer children


In Lesotho, there are approximately 24.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.9 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Lesotho, 17% of the population has electricity access. In Iceland, 100% of the population do.

be 3.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Lesotho, approximately 27.4% of the population has internet access. In Iceland, about 98.2% do.

be 22.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Lesotho, approximately 82% of people have improved drinking water access (95% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas). In Iceland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 31.6% less on education


Lesotho spends 11.4% of its total GDP on education. Iceland spends 7.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 16.0% less on healthcare


Lesotho spends 10.6% 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 Lesotho? 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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