Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.1 years longer


In British Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women). In Norway, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

Economy

make 2.1 times more money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200, while in Norway, the GDP per capita is $71,800.

be 37.9% more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Norway, that number is 4.0%.

Life

be 79.3% less likely to die during infancy


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 12.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Norway, on the other hand, 2.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access. In Norway, about 97.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 22.2% more on education


British Virgin Islands spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Norway spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 314.4 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Norway, that number is 25,148 km.

Norway: At a glance

Norway is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,282 sq km. Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.

How big is Norway 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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