Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Barbados instead of Fiji, you would:


live 2.5 years longer

In Fiji, the average life expectancy is 73 years (70 years for men, 76 years for women). In Barbados, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 23.5% less likely to be obese

In Fiji, 30.2% of adults are obese. In Barbados, that number is 23.1% of people.

be 16.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Fiji, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Barbados, that number is 1.6% of people.


make 90.8% more money

Fiji has a GDP per capita of $9,800, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,700.

be 90.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Fiji, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Barbados, that number is 10.5%.

spend 67.5% more on taxes

Fiji has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5%.


have 37.1% fewer children

In Fiji, there are approximately 18.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Barbados, there are 11.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 54.2% more likely to have access to electricity

In Fiji, 59% of people have electricity access (72% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Barbados, that number is 91% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas).

be 71.0% more likely to have internet access

In Fiji, approximately 46.5% of the population has internet access. In Barbados, about 79.5% do.


spend 30.8% more on education

Fiji spends 3.9% of its total GDP on education. Barbados spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 66.7% more on healthcare

Fiji spends 4.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Barbados, that number is 7.5% of GDP.


see 91.4% less coastline

Fiji has a total of 1,129 km of coastline. In Barbados, that number is 97 km.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

How big is Barbados compared to Fiji? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Barbados, Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority.


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