Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 16.0 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 Malawi, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 96.5% less money


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

be 7.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Malawi, that number is 20.4% as of 2013.

Life

have 3.6 times more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malawi, there are 40.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 3.6 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 Malawi, on the other hand, 39.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 68.4% less likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Malawi, about 13.8% do as of 2018.

be 11.3% 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 Malawi, 89% of people do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 25.0% more on education


British Virgin Islands spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Malawi spends 4.0% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Malawi: At a glance

Malawi is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 94,080 sq km. Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009. He oversaw some economic improvement in his first term, but was accused of economic mismanagement and poor governance in his second term. He died abruptly in April 2012 and was succeeded by his vice president, Joyce BANDA, who had earlier started her own party, the People's Party (PP). Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.

How big is Malawi 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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