Most Icelanders Self-Report Being In Great Health - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Most Icelanders Self-Report Being In Great Health

Published November 11, 2016

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Bjarni Brynjólfsson

The majority of Icelanders report being in good health, but Icelanders also report chronic illness to a higher percentage than many other Europeans.

RÚV reports that 76% of Icelanders report being in either good or very good health. In terms of demographics, being in good health was reported by 80% of men and 73% of women.

At the same time, about 30% of Icelanders said they suffered from some kind of chronic illness; 35% of them women and 25% men.

When put in an international context, Icelandic men are the 7th self-reported healthiest of all European men, and Icelandic women the 9th healthiest of European women. However, Icelandic women are in second place amongst European women who self-report chronic illness, and in 7th place amongst men.

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