Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Iceland instead of United Kingdom, you would:
live 2.2 years longer
In United Kingdom, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 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.
be 21.2% less likely to be obese
In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.
make 17.8% more money
United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $44,300 as of 2017, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,200 as of 2017.
be 36.4% less likely to be unemployed
In United Kingdom, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Iceland, that number is 2.8% as of 2017.
be 42.9% less likely to die during childbirth
In United Kingdom, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.
be 48.8% less likely to die during infancy
In United Kingdom, approximately 4.1 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.
have 11.8% more children
In United Kingdom, there are approximately 11.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Iceland, there are 13.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
spend 36.4% more on education
United Kingdom spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. Iceland spends 7.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.
see 60.0% less coastline
United Kingdom has a total of 12,429 km of coastline. In Iceland, that number is 4,970 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.
Iceland: At a glance
How big is Iceland compared to United Kingdom? See an in-depth size comparison.