Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.2 years longer


In Norway, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 33.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Norway, 4.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Iceland, that number is 2.8% as of 2017.

make 27.6% less money


Norway has a GDP per capita of $72,100 as of 2017, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,200 as of 2017.

pay a 20.2% higher top tax rate


Norway has a top tax rate of 38.5% as of 2017. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3% as of 2016.

Life

be 16.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Norway, approximately 2.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do as of 2020.

be 100.0% more likely to die during childbirth


In Norway, approximately 2.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.

Geography

see 80.2% less coastline


Norway has a total of 25,148 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 Norway? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Norwegian Tax Administration, Directorate of Internal Revenue.

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