Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Virgin Islands instead of France, you would:

Health

live 2.5 years less


In France, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women). In Virgin Islands, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women).

Economy

make 15.5% less money


France has a GDP per capita of $43,800, while in Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $37,000.

be 2.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In France, 14.2% live below the poverty line. In Virgin Islands, however, that number is 28.9%.

Life

be 2.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In France, approximately 3.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Virgin Islands, on the other hand, 7.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 36.0% less likely to have internet access


In France, approximately 85.6% of the population has internet access. In Virgin Islands, about 54.8% do.

Geography

see 94.5% less coastline


France has a total of 3,427 km of coastline. In Virgin Islands, that number is 188 km.

Virgin Islands: At a glance

Virgin Islands (sometimes abbreviated USVI) is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 346 sq km. The Danes secured control over the southern Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix during the 17th and early 18th centuries. Sugarcane, produced by African slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish holdings, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.

How big is Virgin Islands compared to France? 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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