Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Latvia 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 Latvia, that number is 75 years (70 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

be 13.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.

be 11.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.

make 25.4% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

Life

be 34.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

have 24.2% less children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 45.8% more likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Latvia, about 79.9% do.

Geography

see 2.6 times more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In Latvia, that number is 498 km.

Latvia: At a glance

Latvia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 62,249 sq km. The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 28% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2014.

How big is Latvia 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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