Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 25.0% less likely to be obese


In New Zealand, 30.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Norway, that number is 23.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 84.9% more money


New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $39,000 as of 2017, while in Norway, the GDP per capita is $72,100 as of 2017.

be 10.6% less likely to be unemployed


In New Zealand, 4.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Norway, that number is 4.2% as of 2017.

pay a 16.7% higher top tax rate


New Zealand has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In Norway, the top tax rate is 38.5% as of 2017.

Life

be 77.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In New Zealand, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Norway, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 28.6% 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 Norway, on the other hand, 2.5 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 25.0% more on education


New Zealand spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Norway spends 8.0% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 66.2% more coastline


New Zealand has a total of 15,134 km of coastline. In Norway, that number is 25,148 km.

Norway: At a glance

Norway is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,282 sq km. Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.

How big is Norway 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, Norwegian Tax Administration.

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