Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 88.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

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

live 7.0 years longer

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


make 3.0 times more money

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

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed

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

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line

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

spend 92.0% more on taxes

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


be 96.6% less likely to die during childbirth

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

be 10.1% more likely to be literate

In Jamaica, the literacy rate is 88.7%. In Greece, it is 97.7%.

be 64.1% less likely to die during infancy

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

have 53.1% fewer children

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

Basic Needs

be 53.6% more likely to have internet access

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


spend 50.0% more on healthcare

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


see 13.4 times more coastline

Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In Greece, that number is 13,676 km.

Greece: At a glance

Greece is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 130,647 sq km. Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and other anti-communist and communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001. In 2010, the prospect of a Greek default on its euro-denominated debt created severe strains within the EMU and raised the question of whether a member country might voluntarily leave the common currency or be removed.

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

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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