Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Iceland instead of New Zealand, you would:
live 1.1 years longer
In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 84 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 28.9% less likely to be obese
In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.
make 23.3% more money
New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $42,400 as of 2020, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,300 as of 2020.
be 12.3% less likely to be unemployed
In New Zealand, 4.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Iceland, that number is 3.6% as of 2019.
pay a 40.3% higher top tax rate
New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3% as of 2016.
be 55.6% less likely to die during childbirth
In New Zealand, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.
be 52.0% less likely to die during infancy
In New Zealand, approximately 3.4 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.
spend 11.3% less on healthcare
New Zealand spends 9.7% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Iceland, that number is 8.6% of GDP as of 2019.
spend 26.7% more on education
New Zealand spends 6.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Iceland spends 7.6% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
see 67.2% less coastline
New Zealand has a total of 15,134 km of coastline. In Iceland, that number is 4,970 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, Directorate of Internal Revenue.
Iceland: At a glance
How big is Iceland compared to New Zealand? See an in-depth size comparison.