Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in China instead of British Virgin Islands, you would:

Health

live 3.1 years less


In British Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 51.2% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 34.5% more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

Life

have 10.8% more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 22.0% more likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.

Geography

see 181.2 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

How big is China compared to British Virgin Islands? 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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