Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.6 years less


In British Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (78 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Colombia, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 57.9% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200 as of 2017, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,400 as of 2017.

be 3.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Colombia, that number is 9.3% as of 2017.

Life

have 38.7% more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Colombia, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 11.8% more likely to die during infancy


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 11.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Colombia, on the other hand, 12.3 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 42.8% more likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Colombia, about 62.3% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 40.6% more on education


British Virgin Islands spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 40.1 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

How big is Colombia 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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