Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Micronesia, Federated States of instead of British Virgin Islands, you would:


live 5.7 years less

In British Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women). In Micronesia, Federated States of, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).


make 90.1% less money

British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200, while in Micronesia, Federated States of, the GDP per capita is $3,400.

be 5.6 times more likely to be unemployed

In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Micronesia, Federated States of, that number is 16.2%.


have 80.2% more children

In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Micronesia, Federated States of, there are 20.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 63.6% more likely to die during infancy

In British Virgin Islands, approximately 12.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Micronesia, Federated States of, on the other hand, 19.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 27.8% less likely to have internet access

In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access. In Micronesia, Federated States of, about 31.5% do.


spend 98.4% more on education

British Virgin Islands spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Micronesia, Federated States of spends 12.5% of total GDP on education.


see 76.4 times more coastline

British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Micronesia, Federated States of, that number is 6,112 km.

Micronesia, Federated States of: At a glance

Micronesia, Federated States of is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 702 sq km. The Caroline Islands are a widely scattered archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean; they became part of a UN Trust Territory under US administration following World War II. The eastern four island groups adopted a constitution in 1979 and chose to become the Federated States of Micronesia. (The fifth, westernmost island group became Palau.) Independence came in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association with the US, which was amended and renewed in 2004. Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid.

How big is Micronesia, Federated States of 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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