Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Iceland instead of North Korea, you would:

Health

live 12.4 years longer


In North Korea, the average life expectancy is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 3.2 times more likely to be obese


In North Korea, 6.8% of adults are obese. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people.

Economy

make 30.5 times more money


North Korea has a GDP per capita of $1,700, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

be 89.1% less likely to be unemployed


In North Korea, 25.6% of adults are unemployed. In Iceland, that number is 2.8%.

Life

be 96.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In North Korea, approximately 82.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

be 90.5% less likely to die during infancy


In North Korea, approximately 22.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 3.3 times more likely to have access to electricity


In North Korea, 30% of the population has electricity access. In Iceland, 100% of the population do.

Geography

see 99.2% more coastline


North Korea has a total of 2,495 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 North Korea? 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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