Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.7 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 Mauritius, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 34.8% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200 as of 2017, while in Mauritius, the GDP per capita is $22,300 as of 2017.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Mauritius, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

Life

be 18.2% less 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 Mauritius, on the other hand, 9.0 children do as of 2020.

have 13.5% more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Mauritius, there are 12.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 34.4% more likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Mauritius, about 58.6% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 50.0% more on education


British Virgin Islands spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Mauritius spends 4.8% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Geography

see 2.2 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Mauritius, that number is 177 km.

Mauritius: At a glance

Mauritius is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,030 sq km. Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.

How big is Mauritius 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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