Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sao Tome and Principe instead of Virgin Islands, you would:

Health

live 14.1 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 65 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

make 91.4% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Sao Tome and Principe, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 17.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.2%.

be 2.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Sao Tome and Principe, however, that number is 66.2%.

Life

have 2.5 times more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Sao Tome and Principe, there are 32.4 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 Sao Tome and Principe, on the other hand, 45.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 35.2% 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 Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 59% of people on average (70% in urban areas, and 40% in rural areas).

be 52.9% less likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Sao Tome and Principe, about 25.8% do.

Geography

see 11.2% more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 209 km.

Sao Tome and Principe: At a glance

Sao Tome and Principe is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 964 sq km. Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands' sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century - all grown with African plantation slave labor, a form of which lingered into the 20th century. While independence was achieved in 1975, democratic reforms were not instituted until the late 1980s. The country held its first free elections in 1991, but frequent internal wrangling between the various political parties precipitated repeated changes in leadership and two failed coup attempts in 1995 and 2003. In 2012, three opposition parties combined in a no confidence vote to bring down the majority government of former Prime Minister Patrice TROVOADA. The new government of Prime Minister Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira DA COSTA is entirely composed of opposition party members with limited experience in governance. New oil discoveries in the Gulf of Guinea may attract increased attention to the small island nation.

How big is Sao Tome and Principe 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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