Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Iceland instead of Lesotho, you would:
be 99.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS
In Lesotho, 23.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Iceland, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.
live 30.3 years longer
In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 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 31.9% more likely to be obese
In Lesotho, 16.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.
make 15.8 times more money
Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $3,300 as of 2017, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,200 as of 2017.
be 90.0% less likely to be unemployed
In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Iceland, that number is 2.8% as of 2017.
pay a 54.3% higher top tax rate
Lesotho has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3% as of 2016.
be 99.3% less likely to die during childbirth
In Lesotho, approximately 544.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.
be 94.9% less likely to die during infancy
In Lesotho, approximately 41.5 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 42.7% fewer children
In Lesotho, there are approximately 23.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Iceland, there are 13.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 3.4 times more likely to have access to electricity
In Lesotho, approximately 30% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Iceland, 100% of the population do as of 2016.
be 3.4 times more likely to have internet access
In Lesotho, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Iceland, about 99.0% do as of 2018.
be 27.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Lesotho, approximately 78% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 72% 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.
spend 17.2% more on education
Lesotho spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Iceland spends 7.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Directorate of Internal Revenue.
Iceland: At a glance
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