Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Jamaica instead of Belarus, you would:

Health

be 4.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Belarus, 0.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

Economy

make 51.3% less money


Belarus has a GDP per capita of $18,900, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 10.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Belarus, 1.0% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

be 3.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Belarus, 5.7% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 92.3% more on taxes


Belarus has a top tax rate of 13.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

Life

have 73.8% more children


In Belarus, there are approximately 10.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 22.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belarus, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 11.0% less likely to be literate


In Belarus, the literacy rate is 99.7%. In Jamaica, it is 88.7%.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belarus, approximately 3.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 36.7% less likely to have internet access


In Belarus, approximately 71.1% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Jamaica: At a glance

Jamaica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 10,831 sq km. The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually increased its independence from Britain. In 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies. Jamaica gained full independence when it withdrew from the Federation in 1962. Deteriorating economic conditions during the 1970s led to recurrent violence as rival gangs affiliated with the major political parties evolved into powerful organized crime networks involved in international drug smuggling and money laundering. Violent crime, drug trafficking, and poverty pose significant challenges to the government today. Nonetheless, many rural and resort areas remain relatively safe and contribute substantially to the economy.

How big is Jamaica compared to Belarus? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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