Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Iceland instead of Zambia, you would:
be 99.1% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS
In Zambia, 11.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2020. In Iceland, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2020.
live 17.4 years longer
In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 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 2.7 times more likely to be obese
In Zambia, 8.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people as of 2016.
make 15.8 times more money
Zambia has a GDP per capita of $3,300 as of 2020, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $52,300 as of 2020.
be 75.9% less likely to be unemployed
In Zambia, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2008. In Iceland, that number is 3.6% as of 2019.
be 83.8% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Zambia, 54.4% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Iceland, however, that number is 8.8% as of 2017.
pay a 32.3% higher top tax rate
Zambia has a top tax rate of 35.0% as of 2016. In Iceland, the top tax rate is 46.3% as of 2016.
be 98.1% less likely to die during childbirth
In Zambia, approximately 213.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Iceland, 4.0 women do as of 2017.
be 95.6% less likely to die during infancy
In Zambia, approximately 37.1 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 62.8% fewer children
In Zambia, there are approximately 34.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Iceland, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 2.7 times more likely to have access to electricity
In Zambia, approximately 37% of the population has electricity access as of 2019. In Iceland, 100% of the population do as of 2020.
be 5.0 times more likely to have internet access
In Zambia, approximately 20.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Iceland, about 99.0% do as of 2020.
be 39.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Zambia, approximately 72% of people have improved drinking water access (90% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas) as of 2020. In Iceland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2020.
spend 68.9% more on education
Zambia spends 4.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2019. Iceland spends 7.6% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
spend 62.3% more on healthcare
Zambia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Iceland, that number is 8.6% of GDP as of 2019.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Zambia Revenue Authority, Directorate of Internal Revenue.
Iceland: At a glance
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