Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.6 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Mauritius, that number is 76 years (72 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

be 33.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Mauritius, that number is 6.9%.

be 72.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Mauritius, however, that number is 8.0%.

make 41.6% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Mauritius, the GDP per capita is $21,600.

Life

be 24.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mauritius, on the other hand, 9.8 children do.

Mauritius: At a glance

Mauritius is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,030 sq km. Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.

How big is Mauritius 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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