Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 14.2 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Eritrea, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 68 years for women).

Economy

be 17.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Eritrea, that number is 8.6%.

make 95.7% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Eritrea, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

be 73.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Eritrea, however, that number is 50.0%.

Life

have 2.3 times more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Eritrea, there are 29.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Eritrea, on the other hand, 45.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 64.8% 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 Eritrea, that number is 32% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas).

be 97.8% less likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Eritrea, about 1.2% do.

be 42.2% 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 Eritrea, that number is 58% of people on average (73% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas).

Geography

see 11.9 times more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In Eritrea, that number is 2,234 km.

Eritrea: At a glance

Eritrea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 101,000 sq km. After independence from Italian colonial control in 1941 and 10 years of British administrative control, the UN established Eritrea as an autonomous region within the Ethiopian federation in 1952. Ethiopia's full annexation of Eritrea as a province 10 years later sparked a violent 30-year struggle for independence that ended in 1991 with Eritrean rebels defeating government forces. Eritreans overwhelmingly approved independence in a 1993 referendum. ISAIAS Afworki has been Eritrea's only president since independence; his rule, particularly since 2001, has been highly autocratic and repressive. His government has created a highly militarized society by pursuing an unpopular program of mandatory conscription into national service, sometimes of indefinite length. A two-and-a-half-year border war with Ethiopia that erupted in 1998 ended under UN auspices in December 2000. A UN peacekeeping operation was established that monitored a 25 km-wide Temporary Security Zone. The Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) created in April 2003 was tasked "to delimit and demarcate the colonial treaty border based on pertinent colonial treaties (1900, 1902, and 1908) and applicable international law." The EEBC on 30 November 2007 remotely demarcated the border, assigning the town of Badme to Eritrea, despite Ethiopia's maintaining forces there from the time of the 1998-2000 war. Eritrea insisted that the UN terminate its peacekeeping mission on 31 July 2008. Eritrea has accepted the EEBC's "virtual demarcation" decision and repeatedly called on Ethiopia to remove its troops. Ethiopia has not accepted the demarcation decision, and neither party has entered into meaningful dialogue to resolve the impasse. Eritrea is subject to several UN Security Council Resolutions (from 2009, 2011, and 2012) imposing various military and economic sanctions, in view of evidence that it has supported armed opposition groups in the region.

How big is Eritrea 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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