Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Virgin Islands instead of Sri Lanka, you would:


live 2.5 years longer

In Sri Lanka, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women). In Virgin Islands, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women).


make 2.9 times more money

Sri Lanka has a GDP per capita of $12,800, while in Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $37,000.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed

In Sri Lanka, 4.5% of adults are unemployed. In Virgin Islands, that number is 10.4%.

be 4.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Sri Lanka, 6.7% live below the poverty line. In Virgin Islands, however, that number is 28.9%.


have 15.8% fewer children

In Sri Lanka, there are approximately 15.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Virgin Islands, there are 12.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 70.7% more likely to have internet access

In Sri Lanka, approximately 32.1% of the population has internet access. In Virgin Islands, about 54.8% do.


see 86.0% less coastline

Sri Lanka has a total of 1,340 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 Sri Lanka? 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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