Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 7.4 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 11.8% more likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

Economy

spend 53.4% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 80.3% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 42.5% more likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

be 13.2% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

Life

have 58.4% more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 12.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 3.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 48.0% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 18.2% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 49.1% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 15.4 times more coastline


Belgium has a total of 66 km of coastline. In Jamaica, that number is 1,022 km.

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 Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Service Public Fédéral Finances, The World Factbook, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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