Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Jordan instead of Iraq, you would:

Health

live 2.9 years longer


In Iraq, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women) as of 2020. In Jordan, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 16.8% more likely to be obese


In Iraq, 30.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Jordan, that number is 35.5% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 38.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Iraq, 23.0% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In Jordan, however, that number is 14.2% as of 2002.

make 44.9% less money


Iraq has a GDP per capita of $16,700 as of 2017, while in Jordan, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2017.

be 14.4% more likely to be unemployed


In Iraq, 16.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2012. In Jordan, that number is 18.3% as of 2017.

pay a 33.3% higher top tax rate


Iraq has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Jordan, the top tax rate is 20.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 41.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Iraq, approximately 79.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Jordan, 46.0 women do as of 2017.

be 96.0% more likely to be literate


In Iraq, the literacy rate is 50.1% as of 2018. In Jordan, it is 98.2% as of 2018.

be 34.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Iraq, approximately 19.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Jordan, on the other hand, 12.8 children do as of 2020.

have 10.5% fewer children


In Iraq, there are approximately 25.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Jordan, there are 23.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 35.3% more likely to have internet access


In Iraq, approximately 49.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Jordan, about 66.8% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 55.2% less coastline


Iraq has a total of 58 km of coastline. In Jordan, that number is 26 km.

Jordan: At a glance

Jordan is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 88,802 sq km. Following World War I and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the League of Nations awarded Britain the mandate to govern much of the Middle East. Britain demarcated a semi-autonomous region of Transjordan from Palestine in the early 1920s. The area gained its independence in 1946 and thereafter became The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The country's long-time ruler, King HUSSEIN (1953-99), successfully navigated competing pressures from the major powers (US, USSR, and UK), various Arab states, Israel, and a large internal Palestinian population. Jordan lost the West Bank to Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. King HUSSEIN in 1988 permanently relinquished Jordanian claims to the West Bank; in 1994 he signed a peace treaty with Israel. King ABDALLAH II, King HUSSEIN's eldest son, assumed the throne following his father's death in 1999. He implemented modest political and economic reforms, but in the wake of the "Arab Revolution" across the Middle East, Jordanians continue to press for further political liberalization, government reforms, and economic improvements. In January 2014, Jordan assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2014-15 term.

How big is Jordan compared to Iraq? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Jordan Tax Service, The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance.

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