Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.3 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 Malaysia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 14.9% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200 as of 2017, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,100 as of 2017.

be 17.2% more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4% as of 2017.

Life

have 64.9% more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malaysia, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 86.2% more likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Malaysia, about 81.2% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 46.9% more on education


British Virgin Islands spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Malaysia spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 58.4 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Malaysia, that number is 4,675 km.

Malaysia: At a glance

Malaysia is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 328,657 sq km. During the late 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain established colonies and protectorates in the area of current Malaysia; these were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. In 1948, the British-ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula except Singapore formed the Federation of Malaya, which became independent in 1957. Malaysia was formed in 1963 when the former British colonies of Singapore, as well as Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo, joined the Federation. The first several years of the country's independence were marred by a communist insurgency, Indonesian confrontation with Malaysia, Philippine claims to Sabah, and Singapore's withdrawal in 1965. During the 22-year term of Prime Minister MAHATHIR bin Mohamad (1981-2003), Malaysia was successful in diversifying its economy from dependence on exports of raw materials to the development of manufacturing, services, and tourism. Prime Minister Mohamed NAJIB bin Abdul Razak (in office since April 2009) has continued these pro-business policies and has introduced some civil reforms.

How big is Malaysia 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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