Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 25.0% less likely to be obese

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


make 84.6% more money

New Zealand has a GDP per capita of $38,900, while in Norway, the GDP per capita is $71,800.

be 18.4% less likely to be unemployed

In New Zealand, 4.9% of adults are unemployed. In Norway, that number is 4.0%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes

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


be 54.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In New Zealand, approximately 11.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Norway, 5.0 women do.

be 43.2% less likely to die during infancy

In New Zealand, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Norway, on the other hand, 2.5 children do.


spend 11.8% less on healthcare

New Zealand spends 11.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Norway, that number is 9.7% of GDP.

spend 22.2% more on education

New Zealand spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Norway spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.


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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