Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Iceland instead of Saudi Arabia, you would:

Health

live 7.6 years longer


In Saudi Arabia, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 38.1% less likely to be obese


In Saudi Arabia, 35.4% of adults are obese. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people.

Economy

be 51.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Saudi Arabia, 5.8% of adults are unemployed. In Iceland, that number is 2.8%.

Life

be 75.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 12.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

be 84.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 13.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

have 25.1% less children


In Saudi Arabia, there are approximately 18.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 33.1% more likely to have internet access


In Saudi Arabia, approximately 73.8% of the population has internet access. In Iceland, about 98.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 52.9% more on education


Saudi Arabia spends 5.1% of its total GDP on education. Iceland spends 7.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 89.4% more on healthcare


Saudi Arabia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 88.3% more coastline


Saudi Arabia has a total of 2,640 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 Saudi Arabia? 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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