Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 11.3 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Pakistan, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

be 42.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Pakistan, that number is 6.0%.

make 85.4% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Pakistan, the GDP per capita is $5,400.

Life

have 71.1% more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Pakistan, there are 21.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Pakistan, on the other hand, 52.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 19.8% 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 Pakistan, that number is 73% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 62% in rural areas).

be 71.7% less likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Pakistan, about 15.5% do.

Geography

see 5.6 times more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In Pakistan, that number is 1,046 km.

Pakistan: At a glance

Pakistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 770,875 sq km. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Aryan peoples. The area underwent successive invasions in subsequent centuries from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks. The Mughal Empire flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; the British came to dominate the region in the 18th century. The separation in 1947 of British India into the Muslim state of Pakistan (with West and East sections) and largely Hindu India was never satisfactorily resolved, and India and Pakistan fought two wars - in 1947-48 and 1965 - over the disputed Kashmir territory. A third war between these countries in 1971 - in which India capitalized on Islamabad's marginalization of Bengalis in Pakistani politics - resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. In response to Indian nuclear weapons testing, Pakistan conducted its own tests in 1998. India-Pakistan relations have been rocky since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, but both countries are taking small steps to put relations back on track. In February 2008, Pakistan held parliamentary elections and in September 2008, after the resignation of former President MUSHARRAF, elected Asif Ali ZARDARI to the presidency. Pakistani government and military leaders are struggling to control domestic insurgents, many of whom are located in the tribal areas adjacent to the border with Afghanistan.

How big is Pakistan 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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