Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 20.6 years longer

In Swaziland, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women) as of 2020. In British Virgin Islands, that number is 79 years (78 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.


make 3.4 times more money

Swaziland has a GDP per capita of $10,100 as of 2017, while in British Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $34,200 as of 2017.

be 89.6% less likely to be unemployed

In Swaziland, 28.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In British Virgin Islands, that number is 2.9% as of 2015.


be 74.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Swaziland, approximately 42.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In British Virgin Islands, on the other hand, 11.0 children do as of 2020.

have 54.7% fewer children

In Swaziland, there are approximately 24.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In British Virgin Islands, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 27.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Swaziland, approximately 78% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In British Virgin Islands, 100% of people do as of 2017.


spend 54.9% less on education

Swaziland spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. British Virgin Islands spends 3.2% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

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 Swaziland? 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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