Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.7 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Tunisia, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 77 years for women).

Economy

be 46.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Tunisia, however, that number is 15.5%.

make 68.1% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Tunisia, the GDP per capita is $11,800.

be 52.9% more likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Tunisia, that number is 15.9%.

Life

have 42.2% more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Tunisia, there are 18.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 53.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tunisia, on the other hand, 12.1 children do.

Geography

see 6.1 times more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In Tunisia, that number is 1,148 km.

Tunisia: At a glance

Tunisia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 155,360 sq km. Rivalry between French and Italian interests in Tunisia culminated in a French invasion in 1881 and the creation of a protectorate. Agitation for independence in the decades following World War I was finally successful in getting the French to recognize Tunisia as an independent state in 1956. The country's first president, Habib BOURGUIBA, established a strict one-party state. He dominated the country for 31 years, repressing Islamic fundamentalism and establishing rights for women unmatched by any other Arab nation. In November 1987, BOURGUIBA was removed from office and replaced by Zine el Abidine BEN ALI in a bloodless coup. Street protests that began in Tunis in December 2010 over high unemployment, corruption, widespread poverty, and high food prices escalated in January 2011, culminating in rioting that led to hundreds of deaths. On 14 January 2011, the same day BEN ALI dismissed the government, he fled the country, and by late January 2011, a "national unity government" was formed. Elections for the new Constituent Assembly were held in late October 2011, and in December, it elected human rights activist Moncef MARZOUKI as interim president. The Assembly began drafting a new constitution in February 2012 and, after several iterations and a months-long political crisis that stalled the transition, ratified the document in January 2014. Presidential and parliamentary elections for a permanent government could be held by the end of 2014.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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