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

Health

live 11.3 years longer

In Mexico, the average life expectancy is 72 years (69 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2022. In Iceland, that number is 84 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022.

be 24.2% less likely to be obese

In Mexico, 28.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.9 times more money

Mexico has a GDP per capita of $17,900 as of 2020, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,300 as of 2020.

be 79.0% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Mexico, 41.9% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In Iceland, however, that number is 8.8% as of 2017.

pay a 32.3% higher top tax rate

Mexico has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3% as of 2016.

Life

be 87.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In Mexico, approximately 33.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

be 86.1% less likely to die during infancy

In Mexico, approximately 11.9 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Iceland, on the other hand, 1.6 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 37.5% more likely to have internet access

In Mexico, approximately 72.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Iceland, about 99.0% do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 76.7% more on education

Mexico spends 4.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Iceland spends 7.6% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

spend 59.3% more on healthcare

Mexico spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Iceland, that number is 8.6% of GDP as of 2019.

Geography

see 46.7% less coastline

Mexico has a total of 9,330 km of coastline. In Iceland, that number is 4,970 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Servicio de Administración Tributaria, SHCP, Directorate of Internal Revenue.

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.
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