Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mauritius instead of Barbados, you would:

Health

be 53.2% less likely to be obese


In Barbados, 23.1% of adults are obese. In Mauritius, that number is 10.8% of people.

Economy

make 15.5% more money


Barbados has a GDP per capita of $18,700, while in Mauritius, the GDP per capita is $21,600.

be 34.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Barbados, 10.5% of adults are unemployed. In Mauritius, that number is 6.9%.

spend 55.2% less on taxes


Barbados has a top tax rate of 33.5%. In Mauritius, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

Life

have 11.1% more children


In Barbados, there are approximately 11.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritius, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 96.3% more likely to die during childbirth


In Barbados, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mauritius, 53.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 33.1% less likely to have internet access


In Barbados, approximately 79.5% of the population has internet access. In Mauritius, about 53.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 36.0% less on healthcare


Barbados spends 7.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mauritius, that number is 4.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 82.5% more coastline


Barbados has a total of 97 km of coastline. In Mauritius, that number is 177 km.

Mauritius: At a glance

Mauritius is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,030 sq km. Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.

How big is Mauritius compared to Barbados? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Mauritius Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Barbados.

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