Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Equatorial Guinea instead of Jamaica, you would:


be 67.6% less likely to be obese

In Jamaica, 24.7% of adults are obese. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.0% of people.

be 3.6 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Jamaica, 1.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 6.5% of people.

live 9.1 years less

In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women).


make 3.9 times more money

Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in Equatorial Guinea, the GDP per capita is $36,000.

be 17.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Jamaica, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.6%.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In Equatorial Guinea, however, that number is 44.0%.

spend 40.0% more on taxes

Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Equatorial Guinea, the top tax rate is 35.0%.


have 79.9% more children

In Jamaica, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Equatorial Guinea, there are 32.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.8 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Jamaica, approximately 89.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Equatorial Guinea, 342.0 women do.

be 5.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In Jamaica, approximately 12.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Equatorial Guinea, on the other hand, 65.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 29.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Jamaica, 93% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas). In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 66% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas).

be 47.1% less likely to have internet access

In Jamaica, approximately 45.0% of the population has internet access. In Equatorial Guinea, about 23.8% do.

be 48.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Jamaica, approximately 94% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas). In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 48% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas).


spend 29.6% less on healthcare

Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 3.8% of GDP.


see 71.0% less coastline

Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 296 km.

Equatorial Guinea: At a glance

Equatorial Guinea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 28,051 sq km. Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President Teodoro Obiang NGUEMA MBASOGO has ruled the country since 1979 when he seized power in a coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996, 2002, and 2009 presidential elections - as well as the 1999, 2004, 2008, and 2013 legislative elections - were widely seen as flawed. The president exerts almost total control over the political system and has discouraged political opposition. Equatorial Guinea has experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil exporter. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production, resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, improvements in the population's living standards have been slow to develop.

How big is Equatorial Guinea compared to Jamaica? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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