Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.0 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 Nicaragua, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 82.7% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200 as of 2017, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,900 as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.4% as of 2017.

Life

have 54.1% more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Nicaragua, there are 17.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 50.0% 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 Nicaragua, on the other hand, 16.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 36.1% less likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Nicaragua, about 27.9% do as of 2018.

be 16.9% 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 Nicaragua, 83% of people do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 34.4% more on education


British Virgin Islands spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Nicaragua spends 4.3% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 11.4 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Nicaragua, that number is 910 km.

Nicaragua: At a glance

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

How big is Nicaragua 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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