Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Iceland instead of Zimbabwe, you would:

Health

live 22.7 years longer


In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Iceland, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 41.3% more likely to be obese


In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In Iceland, that number is 21.9% of people.

Economy

make 22.5 times more money


Zimbabwe has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Iceland, the GDP per capita is $51,800.

be 75.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Iceland, that number is 2.8%.

Life

be 99.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Iceland, 3.0 women do.

be 93.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iceland, on the other hand, 2.1 children do.

have 59.9% less children


In Zimbabwe, there are approximately 34.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Iceland, there are 13.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.5 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Zimbabwe, 40% of the population has electricity access. In Iceland, 100% of the population do.

be 4.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Iceland, about 98.2% do.

be 30.0% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Zimbabwe, approximately 77% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Iceland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 39.1% more on healthcare


Zimbabwe spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iceland, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

Iceland: At a glance

Iceland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 100,250 sq km. Settled by Norwegian and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) immigrants during the late 9th and 10th centuries A.D., Iceland boasts the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly, the Althing, established in 930. Independent for over 300 years, Iceland was subsequently ruled by Norway and Denmark. Fallout from the Askja volcano of 1875 devastated the Icelandic economy and caused widespread famine. Over the next quarter century, 20% of the island's population emigrated, mostly to Canada and the US. Denmark granted limited home rule in 1874 and complete independence in 1944. The second half of the 20th century saw substantial economic growth driven primarily by the fishing industry. The economy diversified greatly after the country joined the European Economic Area in 1994, but Iceland was especially hard hit by the global financial crisis in the years following 2008. Literacy, longevity, and social cohesion are first rate by world standards.

How big is Iceland compared to Zimbabwe? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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