Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Virgin Islands instead of Sao Tome and Principe, you would:

Health

live 13.5 years longer


In Sao Tome and Principe, the average life expectancy is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 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 11.6 times more money


Sao Tome and Principe has a GDP per capita of $3,200 as of 2017, while in Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $37,000 as of 2016.

be 14.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Sao Tome and Principe, 12.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Virgin Islands, that number is 10.4% as of 2017.

be 56.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sao Tome and Principe, 66.2% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Virgin Islands, however, that number is 28.9% as of 2002.

Life

be 82.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 41.7 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.

have 59.3% fewer children


In Sao Tome and Principe, there are approximately 29.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Virgin Islands, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 47.1% more likely to have access to electricity


In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 68% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Virgin Islands, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Sao Tome and Principe, approximately 29.9% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Virgin Islands, about 64.4% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 10.0% less coastline


Sao Tome and Principe has a total of 209 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 Sao Tome and Principe? 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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