Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.3 years longer


In Poland, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

Economy

make 75.6% more money


Poland has a GDP per capita of $29,500, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

be 41.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Poland, 4.8% of adults are unemployed. In Iceland, that number is 2.8%.

spend 44.7% more on taxes


Poland has a top tax rate of 32.0%. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3%.

Life

be 52.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Poland, approximately 4.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

have 44.2% more children


In Poland, there are approximately 9.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 34.0% more likely to have internet access


In Poland, approximately 73.3% of the population has internet access. In Iceland, about 98.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 59.2% more on education


Poland spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Iceland spends 7.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 39.1% more on healthcare


Poland spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 11.3 times more coastline


Poland has a total of 440 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 Poland? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Directorate of Internal Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Poland.

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