Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 16.2 years longer


In Tuvalu, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 69 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 57.6% less likely to be obese


In Tuvalu, 51.6% of adults are obese. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people.

Economy

make 13.6 times more money


Tuvalu has a GDP per capita of $3,800, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

Life

be 92.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Tuvalu, approximately 29.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

have 42.2% less children


In Tuvalu, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Tuvalu, 45% of the population has electricity access. In Iceland, 100% of the population do.

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Tuvalu, approximately 46.0% of the population has internet access. In Iceland, about 98.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 46.1% less on healthcare


Tuvalu spends 16.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 207.1 times more coastline


Tuvalu has a total of 24 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 Tuvalu? 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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