Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 30.4% less likely to be obese


In Jamaica, 24.7% of adults are obese. In Namibia, that number is 17.2% of people.

be 6.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Jamaica, 1.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Namibia, that number is 12.1% of people.

live 9.7 years less


In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Namibia, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

make 22.8% more money


Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in Namibia, the GDP per capita is $11,300.

be 3.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Jamaica, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Namibia, that number is 34.0%.

be 67.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In Namibia, however, that number is 28.7%.

spend 48.0% more on taxes


Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Namibia, the top tax rate is 37.0%.

Life

have 52.5% more children


In Jamaica, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Namibia, there are 27.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Jamaica, approximately 89.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Namibia, 265.0 women do.

be 2.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Jamaica, approximately 12.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Namibia, on the other hand, 35.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 65.6% 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 Namibia, that number is 32% of people on average (50% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas).

be 31.1% less likely to have internet access


In Jamaica, approximately 45.0% of the population has internet access. In Namibia, about 31.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 53.7% more on education


Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Namibia spends 8.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 64.8% more on healthcare


Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Namibia, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 53.8% more coastline


Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In Namibia, that number is 1,572 km.

Namibia: At a glance

Namibia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 823,290 sq km. South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. POHAMBA was reelected in November 2009.

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


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

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