Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Italy 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 Italy, that number is 0.2% of people.

live 8.6 years longer

In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 19.4% less likely to be obese

In Jamaica, 24.7% of adults are obese. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people.


make 4.1 times more money

Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 74.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.

spend 95.2% more on taxes

Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Italy, the top tax rate is 48.8%.


be 95.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Jamaica, approximately 89.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

be 11.8% more likely to be literate

In Jamaica, the literacy rate is 88.7%. In Italy, it is 99.2%.

be 74.2% less likely to die during infancy

In Jamaica, approximately 12.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 52.0% less children

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

Basic Needs

be 36.2% more likely to have internet access

In Jamaica, approximately 45.0% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.


spend 24.1% less on education

Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Italy spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 70.4% more on healthcare

Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Italy, that number is 9.2% of GDP.


see 7.4 times more coastline

Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In Italy, that number is 7,600 km.

Italy: At a glance

Italy is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 294,140 sq km. Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy is a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include sluggish economic growth, high youth and female unemployment, organized crime, corruption, and economic disparities between southern Italy and the more prosperous north.

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

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


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