Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 2.6 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Estonia, 0.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

live 3.2 years less


In Estonia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 16.5% more likely to be obese


In Estonia, 21.2% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

Economy

be 19.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Estonia, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

make 71.1% less money


Estonia has a GDP per capita of $31,800, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 76.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Estonia, 5.9% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

spend 25.0% more on taxes


Estonia has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

Life

be 11.1% less likely to be literate


In Estonia, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Jamaica, it is 88.7%.

have 77.2% more children


In Estonia, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Estonia, approximately 9.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 3.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Estonia, approximately 3.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 48.4% less likely to have internet access


In Estonia, approximately 87.2% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 15.6% less on healthcare


Estonia spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 73.1% less coastline


Estonia has a total of 3,794 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.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Estonian Tax and Customs Board, The World Factbook, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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