Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Norway instead of United States, you would:

Health

live 1.9 years longer


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Norway, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 36.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Norway, that number is 23.1% of people.

Economy

make 20.7% more money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Norway, the GDP per capita is $71,800.

Life

be 64.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Norway, 5.0 women do.

be 56.9% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Norway, on the other hand, 2.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 27.7% more likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Norway, about 97.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 43.3% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Norway, that number is 9.7% of GDP.

spend 54.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Norway spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 26.2% more coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Norway, that number is 25,148 km.

Learn more about Norway

Norway is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,282 sq km. Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.

How big is Norway compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.