If you lived in Faroe Islands instead of United States, you would:


be 39.7% less likely to be unemployed

In United States, 3.6% of adults are unemployed as of 2022. In Faroe Islands, that number is 2.2% as of 2017.

be 33.8% less likely to live below the poverty line

In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Faroe Islands, however, that number is 10.0% as of 2015.

make 38.1% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $64,600 as of 2022, while in Faroe Islands, the GDP per capita is $40,000 as of 2014.


have 22.1% more children

In United States, there are approximately 12.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024. In Faroe Islands, there are 14.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2024.

be 15.9% more likely to die during infancy

In United States, approximately 5.2 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Faroe Islands, on the other hand, 6.0 children do as of 2022.


spend 24.6% more on education

United States spends 6.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. Faroe Islands spends 7.6% of total GDP on education as of 2019.


see 94.4% less coastline

United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Faroe Islands, that number is 1,117 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

Faroe Islands: At a glance

Faroe Islands is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 1,393 sq km. The population of the Faroe Islands is largely descended from Viking settlers who arrived in the 9th century. The islands have been connected politically to Denmark since the 14th century. A high degree of self-government was granted the Faroese in 1948, who have autonomy over most internal affairs while Denmark is responsible for justice, defense, and foreign affairs. The Faroe Islands are not part of the European Union.
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