Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 16.8 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Ethiopia, that number is 63 years (60 years for men, 65 years for women).

Economy

make 94.1% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Ethiopia, the GDP per capita is $2,200.

be 68.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Ethiopia, that number is 17.5%.

Life

have 2.9 times more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Ethiopia, there are 36.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ethiopia, on the other hand, 49.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 73.6% 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 Ethiopia, that number is 24% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas).

be 71.9% less likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Ethiopia, about 15.4% do.

be 42.7% 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 Ethiopia, that number is 57% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas).

Ethiopia: At a glance

Ethiopia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,000,000 sq km. Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of a short-lived Italian occupation from 1936-41. In 1974, a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, the regime was finally toppled in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea late in the 1990s ended with a peace treaty in December 2000. In November 2007, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission (EEBC) issued specific coordinates as virtually demarcating the border and pronounced its work finished. Alleging that the EEBC acted beyond its mandate in issuing the coordinates, Ethiopia has not accepted them and has not withdrawn troops from previously contested areas pronounced by the EEBC as belonging to Eritrea. In August 2012, longtime leader Prime Minister MELES Zenawi died in office and was replaced by his Deputy Prime Minister HAILEMARIAM Desalegn, marking the first peaceful transition of power in decades.

How big is Ethiopia 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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