Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Afghanistan instead of Virgin Islands, you would:

Health

live 27.7 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Afghanistan, that number is 52 years (50 years for men, 53 years for women).

Economy

make 94.6% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Afghanistan, the GDP per capita is $2,000.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Afghanistan, that number is 23.9%.

be 88.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Afghanistan, however, that number is 54.5%.

Life

have 3.0 times more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Afghanistan, there are 37.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 14.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Afghanistan, on the other hand, 110.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 52.7% less likely to have access to electricity


In Virgin Islands, 91% of people have electricity access (91% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas). In Afghanistan, that number is 43% of people on average (83% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas).

be 80.7% less likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Afghanistan, about 10.6% do.

be 44.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Virgin Islands, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Afghanistan, that number is 55% of people on average (78% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas).

Afghanistan: At a glance

Afghanistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 652,230 sq km. Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747. The country served as a buffer between the British and Russian Empires until it won independence from notional British control in 1919. A brief experiment in democracy ended in a 1973 coup and a 1978 communist counter-coup. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979 to support the tottering Afghan communist regime, touching off a long and destructive war. The USSR withdrew in 1989 under relentless pressure by internationally supported anti-communist mujahedin rebels. A series of subsequent civil wars saw Kabul finally fall in 1996 to the Taliban, a hardline Pakistani-sponsored movement that emerged in 1994 to end the country's civil war and anarchy. Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, a US, Allied, and anti-Taliban Northern Alliance military action toppled the Taliban for sheltering Osama BIN LADIN. The UN-sponsored Bonn Conference in 2001 established a process for political reconstruction that included the adoption of a new constitution, a presidential election in 2004, and National Assembly elections in 2005. In December 2004, Hamid KARZAI became the first democratically elected president of Afghanistan and the National Assembly was inaugurated the following December. KARZAI was re-elected in August 2009 for a second term. Despite gains toward building a stable central government, a resurgent Taliban and continuing provincial instability - particularly in the south and the east - remain serious challenges for the Afghan Government.

How big is Afghanistan compared to Virgin Islands? 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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