Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.1 years longer


In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020. In Poland, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 3.2 times more money


Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200 as of 2017, while in Poland, the GDP per capita is $29,600 as of 2017.

be 59.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Jamaica, 12.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Poland, that number is 4.9% as of 2017.

pay a 28.0% higher top tax rate


Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Poland, the top tax rate is 32.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 97.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Jamaica, approximately 80.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Poland, 2.0 women do as of 2017.

be 12.5% more likely to be literate


In Jamaica, the literacy rate is 88.7% as of 2015. In Poland, it is 99.8% as of 2015.

be 62.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Jamaica, approximately 11.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Poland, on the other hand, 4.3 children do as of 2020.

have 44.7% fewer children


In Jamaica, there are approximately 16.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Poland, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 40.8% more likely to have internet access


In Jamaica, approximately 55.1% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Poland, about 77.5% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 14.8% less on education


Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Poland spends 4.6% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 56.9% less coastline


Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In Poland, that number is 440 km.

Poland: At a glance

Poland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,255 sq km. Poland's history as a state begins near the middle of the 10th century. By the mid-16th century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ruled a vast tract of land in central and eastern Europe. During the 18th century, internal disorders weakened the nation, and in a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland among themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force with over ten million members. Free elections in 1989 and 1990 won Solidarity control of the parliament and the presidency, bringing the communist era to a close. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed and with large investments in defense, energy, and other infrastructure, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.

How big is Poland 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, Poland, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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