Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Iceland instead of Solomon Islands, you would:

Health

live 7.5 years longer


In Solomon Islands, 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).

Economy

make 23.5 times more money


Solomon Islands has a GDP per capita of $2,200, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

Life

be 97.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Solomon Islands, approximately 114.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

be 85.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Solomon Islands, approximately 14.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

have 45.0% less children


In Solomon Islands, there are approximately 24.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.3 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Solomon Islands, 23% of the population has electricity access. In Iceland, 100% of the population do.

be 8.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Solomon Islands, approximately 11.0% of the population has internet access. In Iceland, about 98.2% do.

be 23.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Solomon Islands, approximately 81% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas). In Iceland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 22.0% less on education


Solomon Islands spends 10.0% of its total GDP on education. Iceland spends 7.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 74.5% more on healthcare


Solomon Islands spends 5.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

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 Solomon Islands? 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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