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


live 2.3 years less

In United Kingdom, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022. In British Virgin Islands, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2022.


make 17.8% less money

United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $41,600 as of 2020, while in British Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $34,200 as of 2017.


be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy

In United Kingdom, approximately 3.8 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In British Virgin Islands, on the other hand, 14.2 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 17.9% less likely to have internet access

In United Kingdom, approximately 95.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In British Virgin Islands, about 78.0% do as of 2020.


spend 44.2% less on education

United Kingdom spends 5.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. British Virgin Islands spends 2.9% of total GDP on education as of 2019.


see 99.4% less coastline

United Kingdom has a total of 12,429 km of coastline. In British Virgin Islands, that number is 80 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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.
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