Quality of Life Comparison


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

live 8.4 years longer

In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Sweden, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 16.6% less likely to be obese

In Jamaica, 24.7% of adults are obese. In Sweden, that number is 20.6% of people.


make 5.6 times more money

Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in Sweden, the GDP per capita is $51,500.

be 36.5% less likely to be unemployed

In Jamaica, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Sweden, that number is 6.6%.

be 12.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In Sweden, however, that number is 15.0%.

spend 2.3 times more on taxes

Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Sweden, the top tax rate is 57.1%.


be 95.5% less likely to die during childbirth

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

be 79.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Jamaica, approximately 12.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sweden, on the other hand, 2.6 children do.

have 32.4% fewer children

In Jamaica, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Sweden, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.0 times more likely to have internet access

In Jamaica, approximately 45.0% of the population has internet access. In Sweden, about 91.5% do.


spend 42.6% more on education

Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Sweden spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.2 times more on healthcare

Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sweden, that number is 11.9% of GDP.


see 3.1 times more coastline

Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In Sweden, that number is 3,218 km.

Sweden: At a glance

Sweden is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 410,335 sq km. A military power during the 17th century, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries. An armed neutrality was preserved in both world wars. Sweden's long-successful economic formula of a capitalist system intermixed with substantial welfare elements was challenged in the 1990s by high unemployment and in 2000-02 and 2009 by the global economic downturns, but fiscal discipline over the past several years has allowed the country to weather economic vagaries. Sweden joined the EU in 1995, but the public rejected the introduction of the euro in a 2003 referendum.

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

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


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