Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 9.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Germany, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

live 7.1 years less

In Germany, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 10.8% more likely to be obese

In Germany, 22.3% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.


spend 47.4% less on taxes

Germany has a top tax rate of 47.5%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 81.7% less money

Germany has a GDP per capita of $50,400, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed

In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.


have 2.1 times more children

In Germany, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 14.8 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Germany, approximately 6.0 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 Germany, 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 49.8% less likely to have internet access

In Germany, approximately 89.6% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.


spend 52.2% less on healthcare

Germany spends 11.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

spend 10.2% more on education

Germany spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.


see 57.2% less coastline

Germany has a total of 2,389 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 Germany? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt), Tax Admministration of Jamaica.


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