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 80 years (78 years for men, 82 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 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 36.4% less likely to be unemployed
In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Iceland, that number is 2.8% as of 2017.
make 12.7% less money
United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,200 as of 2017.
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 60.4% less likely to die during infancy
In United States, approximately 5.3 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.
be 13.5% more likely to have internet access
In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Iceland, about 99.0% do as of 2018.
spend 50.0% more on education
United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Iceland spends 7.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.
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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