Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.4 years less


In France, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020. In Virgin Islands, that number is 80 years (77 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 16.1% less money


France has a GDP per capita of $44,100 as of 2017, while in Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $37,000 as of 2016.

be 10.6% more likely to be unemployed


In France, 9.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Virgin Islands, that number is 10.4% as of 2017.

be 2.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In France, 14.2% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Virgin Islands, however, that number is 28.9% as of 2002.

Life

be 2.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In France, approximately 3.2 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Virgin Islands, on the other hand, 7.4 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 21.5% less likely to have internet access


In France, approximately 82.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Virgin Islands, about 64.4% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 96.1% less coastline


France has a total of 4,853 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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