Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 27.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Jamaica, 1.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Suriname, that number is 1.3% of people.

live 1.2 years less

In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Suriname, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).


make 58.7% more money

Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in Suriname, the GDP per capita is $14,600.

be 12.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Jamaica, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Suriname, that number is 9.1%.

be 4.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In Suriname, however, that number is 70.0%.

spend 52.0% more on taxes

Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Suriname, the top tax rate is 38.0%.


be 74.2% more likely to die during childbirth

In Jamaica, approximately 89.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Suriname, 155.0 women do.

be 91.4% more likely to die during infancy

In Jamaica, approximately 12.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Suriname, on the other hand, 24.5 children do.

have 11.7% less children

In Jamaica, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Suriname, there are 15.8 babies per 1,000 people.


see 62.2% less coastline

Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In Suriname, that number is 386 km.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

How big is Suriname 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, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.


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