Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Iceland instead of United Kingdom, you would:
live 1.7 years longer
In United Kingdom, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022. In Iceland, that number is 84 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022.
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 25.7% more money
United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $41,600 as of 2020, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,300 as of 2020.
be 52.7% less likely to live below the poverty line
In United Kingdom, 18.6% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In Iceland, however, that number is 8.8% as of 2017.
be 14.2% more likely to be unemployed
In United Kingdom, 3.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In Iceland, that number is 3.6% as of 2019.
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 56.8% less likely to die during infancy
In United Kingdom, approximately 3.8 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Iceland, on the other hand, 1.6 children do as of 2022.
have 20.1% more children
In United Kingdom, there are approximately 10.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Iceland, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
spend 15.7% less on healthcare
United Kingdom spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Iceland, that number is 8.6% of GDP as of 2019.
spend 46.2% more on education
United Kingdom spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Iceland spends 7.6% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
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.