Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 7.3 years longer

In Mauritius, the average life expectancy is 76 years (72 years for men, 80 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 2.0 times more likely to be obese

In Mauritius, 10.8% of adults are obese. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people.


make 2.4 times more money

Mauritius has a GDP per capita of $21,600, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

be 59.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Mauritius, 6.9% of adults are unemployed. In Iceland, that number is 2.8%.

spend 3.1 times more on taxes

Mauritius has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3%.


be 94.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Mauritius, approximately 53.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

be 78.6% less likely to die during infancy

In Mauritius, approximately 9.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 84.6% more likely to have internet access

In Mauritius, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Iceland, about 98.2% do.


spend 52.9% more on education

Mauritius spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. Iceland spends 7.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 85.4% more on healthcare

Mauritius spends 4.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.


see 28.1 times more coastline

Mauritius has a total of 177 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 Mauritius? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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