Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Iceland instead of New Zealand, you would:

Health

live 1.2 years longer


In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 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 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.

Economy

make 33.8% more money


New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $39,000 as of 2017, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,200 as of 2017.

be 40.4% less likely to be unemployed


In New Zealand, 4.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Iceland, that number is 2.8% as of 2017.

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.

Life

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 40.0% less likely to die during infancy


In New Zealand, approximately 3.5 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.

Expenditures

spend 17.2% more on education


New Zealand spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Iceland spends 7.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 67.2% less coastline


New Zealand has a total of 15,134 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 New Zealand? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, Directorate of Internal Revenue.

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