Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

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


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

live 7.0 years less


In Greece, 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).

Economy

be 53.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Greece, 22.3% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

be 52.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Greece, 36.0% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 47.9% less on taxes


Greece has a top tax rate of 48.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 66.8% less money


Greece has a GDP per capita of $27,700, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

Life

have 2.1 times more children


In Greece, there are approximately 8.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 29.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Greece, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Greece, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 34.9% less likely to have internet access


In Greece, approximately 69.1% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 33.3% less on healthcare


Greece spends 8.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 92.5% less coastline


Greece has a total of 13,676 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: The World Factbook, GSIS, Greece, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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