Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 66.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Jamaica, 1.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Portugal, that number is 0.6% of people.

live 5.7 years longer

In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Portugal, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 15.8% less likely to be obese

In Jamaica, 24.7% of adults are obese. In Portugal, that number is 20.8% of people.


make 3.3 times more money

Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in Portugal, the GDP per capita is $30,400.

be 11.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In Portugal, however, that number is 19.0%.

spend 2.3 times more on taxes

Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Portugal, the top tax rate is 56.5%.


be 88.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Jamaica, approximately 89.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Portugal, 10.0 women do.

be 66.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Jamaica, approximately 12.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Portugal, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

have 49.7% fewer children

In Jamaica, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Portugal, there are 9.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 56.4% more likely to have internet access

In Jamaica, approximately 45.0% of the population has internet access. In Portugal, about 70.4% do.


spend 75.9% more on healthcare

Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Portugal, that number is 9.5% of GDP.


see 75.4% more coastline

Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In Portugal, that number is 1,793 km.

Portugal: At a glance

Portugal is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 91,470 sq km. Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil, its wealthiest colony, in 1822. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Autoridade Tribut√°ria e Aduaneira, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.


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