Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.4 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Venezuela, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

be 31.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Venezuela, however, that number is 19.7%.

make 67.3% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,100.

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Venezuela, that number is 26.4%.

Life

have 46.9% more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Venezuela, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 54.4% more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Venezuela, on the other hand, 12.2 children do.

Geography

see 14.9 times more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 km of coastline. In Venezuela, that number is 2,800 km.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

How big is Venezuela 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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