Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.0 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Uruguay, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

Economy

be 29.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Uruguay, that number is 7.3%.

be 66.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7%.

make 39.5% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Uruguay, the GDP per capita is $22,400.

Basic Needs

be 21.2% more likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Uruguay, about 66.4% do.

Geography

see 3.5 times more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In Uruguay, that number is 660 km.

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay 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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