Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 20.2 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In British Virgin Islands, that number is 79 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

make 21.4 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in British Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $34,200.

be 68.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In British Virgin Islands, that number is 2.9%.

Life

be 82.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In British Virgin Islands, on the other hand, 12.1 children do.

have 69.4% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In British Virgin Islands, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In British Virgin Islands, about 43.6% do.

be 56.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Sierra Leone, approximately 63% of people have improved drinking water access (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas). In British Virgin Islands, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.2 times more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. British Virgin Islands spends 6.3% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 80.1% less coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In British Virgin Islands, that number is 80 km.

British Virgin Islands: At a glance

British Virgin Islands (sometimes abbreviated BVI) is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 151 sq km. First inhabited by Arawak and later by Carib Indians, the Virgin Islands were settled by the Dutch in 1648 and then annexed by the English in 1672. The islands were part of the British colony of the Leeward Islands from 1872-1960; they were granted autonomy in 1967. The economy is closely tied to the larger and more populous US Virgin Islands to the west; the US dollar is the legal currency.

How big is British Virgin Islands compared to Sierra Leone? 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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