Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Iceland instead of Niue, you would:

Health

be 56.2% less likely to be obese


In Niue, 50.0% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 9.0 times more money


Niue has a GDP per capita of $5,800 as of 2003, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,200 as of 2017.

be 76.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Niue, 12.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2001. In Iceland, that number is 2.8% as of 2017.

Geography

see 77.7 times more coastline


Niue has a total of 64 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 Niue? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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