Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Iceland instead of United States, you would:
live 3.0 years longer
In United States, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 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 39.5% less likely to be obese
In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.
be 41.7% less likely to live below the poverty line
In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Iceland, however, that number is 8.8% as of 2017.
make 13.1% less money
United States has a GDP per capita of $60,200 as of 2020, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,300 as of 2020.
pay a 16.9% higher top tax rate
United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3% as of 2016.
be 78.9% less likely to die during childbirth
In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.
be 68.1% less 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 Iceland, on the other hand, 1.6 children do as of 2022.
spend 48.8% less on healthcare
United States spends 16.8% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Iceland, that number is 8.6% of GDP as of 2019.
spend 52.0% more on education
United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Iceland spends 7.6% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
see 75.1% less coastline
United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Iceland, that number is 4,970 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Directorate of Internal Revenue.
Iceland: At a glance
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