Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 38.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Jamaica, 1.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Thailand, that number is 1.1% of people.

live 1.2 years longer


In Jamaica, the average life expectancy is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women). In Thailand, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 59.5% less likely to be obese


In Jamaica, 24.7% of adults are obese. In Thailand, that number is 10.0% of people.

Economy

make 94.6% more money


Jamaica has a GDP per capita of $9,200, while in Thailand, the GDP per capita is $17,900.

be 93.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Jamaica, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Thailand, that number is 0.7%.

be 57.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Jamaica, 17.1% live below the poverty line. In Thailand, however, that number is 7.2%.

spend 40.0% more on taxes


Jamaica has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Thailand, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 77.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Jamaica, approximately 89.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Thailand, 20.0 women do.

be 28.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Jamaica, approximately 12.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Thailand, on the other hand, 9.2 children do.

have 38.5% fewer children


In Jamaica, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Thailand, there are 11.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 24.1% less on education


Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Thailand spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 20.4% more on healthcare


Jamaica spends 5.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Thailand, that number is 6.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 3.1 times more coastline


Jamaica has a total of 1,022 km of coastline. In Thailand, that number is 3,219 km.

Thailand: At a glance

Thailand is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 510,890 sq km. A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the United States in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in Thailand's southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.

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


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

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