Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 13.9 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 Haiti, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 94.7% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200 as of 2017, while in Haiti, the GDP per capita is $1,800 as of 2017.

be 14.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Haiti, that number is 40.6% as of 2010.

Life

have 95.5% more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Haiti, there are 21.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 3.9 times 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 Haiti, on the other hand, 42.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 25.5% less likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Haiti, about 32.5% do as of 2018.

be 25.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Haiti, 75% of people do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 25.0% less on education


British Virgin Islands spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Haiti spends 2.4% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 22.1 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Haiti, that number is 1,771 km.

Haiti: At a glance

Haiti is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 27,560 sq km. The native Taino - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola. In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint L'OUVERTURE. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world, declaring its independence in 1804. Currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has experienced political instability for most of its history. After an armed rebellion led to the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE in February 2004, an interim government took office to organize new elections under the auspices of the United Nations. Continued instability and technical delays prompted repeated postponements, but Haiti inaugurated a democratically elected president and parliament in May of 2006. This was followed by contested elections in 2010 that resulted in the election of Haiti's current President, Michel MARTELLY. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 25 km (15 mi) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Estimates are that over 300,000 people were killed and some 1.5 million left homeless. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years.

How big is Haiti 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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