Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 25.6 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 Zambia, that number is 54 years (52 years for men, 55 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 88.3% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200 as of 2017, while in Zambia, the GDP per capita is $4,000 as of 2017.

be 5.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Zambia, that number is 15.0% as of 2008.

Life

have 3.6 times more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Zambia, there are 40.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 5.1 times 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 Zambia, on the other hand, 56.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 67.2% less likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Zambia, about 14.3% do as of 2018.

be 32.5% 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 Zambia, 68% of people do as of 2017.

Zambia: At a glance

Zambia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 743,398 sq km. The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

How big is Zambia 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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