Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 15.0 years less


In British Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women). In South Africa, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 65 years for women).

Economy

make 60.5% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200, while in South Africa, the GDP per capita is $13,500.

be 9.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In South Africa, that number is 27.6%.

Life

have 82.0% more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people. In South Africa, there are 20.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 12.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In South Africa, on the other hand, 31.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 23.9% more likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access. In South Africa, about 54.0% do.

Geography

see 35.0 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In South Africa, that number is 2,798 km.

South Africa: At a glance

South Africa (sometimes abbreviated RSA) is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,214,470 sq km. Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments but were defeated in the Second Anglo Boer War (1899-1902); however, the British and the Afrikaners, as the Boers became known, ruled together beginning in 1910 under the Union of South Africa, which became a republic in 1961 after a whites-only referendum. In 1948, the National Party was voted into power and instituted a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races - which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority. The African National Congress (ANC) led the opposition to apartheid and many top ANC leaders, such as Nelson MANDELA, spent decades in South Africa's prisons. Internal protests and insurgency, as well as boycotts by some Western nations and institutions, led to the regime's eventual willingness to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule. The first multi-racial elections in 1994 brought an end to apartheid and ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa since then has struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in decent housing, education, and health care. ANC infighting, which has grown in recent years, came to a head in September 2008 when President Thabo MBEKI resigned, and Kgalema MOTLANTHE, the party's General-Secretary, succeeded him as interim president. Jacob ZUMA became president after the ANC won general elections in April 2009. National presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for May 2014.

How big is South Africa 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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