Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.8 years less


In British Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women). In Russia, that number is 71 years (65 years for men, 77 years for women).

Economy

make 18.7% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200, while in Russia, the GDP per capita is $27,800.

be 89.7% more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In Russia, that number is 5.5%.

Life

be 43.8% less likely to die during infancy


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 12.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Russia, on the other hand, 6.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 75.2% more likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access. In Russia, about 76.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 39.7% less on education


British Virgin Islands spends 6.3% of its total GDP on education. Russia spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 470.7 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Russia, that number is 37,653 km.

Russia: At a glance

Russia is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 16,377,742 sq km. Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new ROMANOV Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state in which the leadership seeks to legitimize its rule through managed national elections, populist appeals by President PUTIN, and continued economic growth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

How big is Russia 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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