Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.7 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Bulgaria, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

be 40.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2%.

be 19.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Bulgaria, however, that number is 23.4%.

make 41.4% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,700.

Life

have 32.0% less children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Bulgaria, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Geography

see 88.3% more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Bulgaria 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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