Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.5 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 Samoa, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 83.3% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200 as of 2017, while in Samoa, the GDP per capita is $5,700 as of 2017.

be 79.3% more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Samoa, that number is 5.2% as of 2017.

Life

have 76.6% more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Samoa, there are 19.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 54.5% 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 Samoa, on the other hand, 17.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 22.9% less likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Samoa, about 33.6% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 28.1% more on education


British Virgin Islands spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Samoa spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 5.0 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Samoa, that number is 403 km.

Samoa: At a glance

Samoa is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 2,821 sq km. New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.

How big is Samoa 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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