Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 1.8 years longer

In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 28.9% less likely to be obese

In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people.


make 33.2% more money

New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $38,900, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

be 42.9% less likely to be unemployed

In New Zealand, 4.9% of adults are unemployed. In Iceland, that number is 2.8%.

spend 40.3% more on taxes

New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0%. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3%.


be 72.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In New Zealand, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

be 52.3% less likely to die during infancy

In New Zealand, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 11.0% more likely to have internet access

In New Zealand, approximately 88.5% of the population has internet access. In Iceland, about 98.2% do.


spend 19.1% less on healthcare

New Zealand spends 11.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

spend 23.8% more on education

New Zealand spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Iceland spends 7.8% of total GDP on education.


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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