Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 13.5 years less

In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 80 years (77 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2020. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.


make 91.4% less money

Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000 as of 2016, while in Sao Tome and Principe, the GDP per capita is $3,200 as of 2017.

be 17.3% more likely to be unemployed

In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

be 2.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line as of 2002. In Sao Tome and Principe, however, that number is 66.2% as of 2009.


have 2.5 times more children

In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Sao Tome and Principe, there are 29.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 5.6 times more likely to die during infancy

In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.4 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Sao Tome and Principe, on the other hand, 41.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 32.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Virgin Islands, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Sao Tome and Principe, 68% of the population do as of 2017.

be 53.5% less likely to have internet access

In Virgin Islands, approximately 64.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Sao Tome and Principe, about 29.9% do as of 2018.


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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