Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.4 years longer


In Kyrgyzstan, the average life expectancy is 72 years (68 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020. In Jamaica, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 9.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Kyrgyzstan, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Jamaica, that number is 1.9% of people as of 2018.

be 48.8% more likely to be obese


In Kyrgyzstan, 16.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.5 times more money


Kyrgyzstan has a GDP per capita of $3,700 as of 2017, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2017.

be 46.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Kyrgyzstan, 32.1% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1% as of 2016.

be 71.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Kyrgyzstan, 7.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

Life

be 50.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Kyrgyzstan, approximately 23.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 11.6 children do as of 2020.

be 33.3% more likely to die during childbirth


In Kyrgyzstan, approximately 60.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Jamaica, 80.0 women do as of 2017.

be 10.9% less likely to be literate


In Kyrgyzstan, the literacy rate is 99.6% as of 2018. In Jamaica, it is 88.7% as of 2015.

have 21.8% fewer children


In Kyrgyzstan, there are approximately 20.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Jamaica, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 44.9% more likely to have internet access


In Kyrgyzstan, approximately 38.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Jamaica, about 55.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 25.0% less on education


Kyrgyzstan spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Jamaica: At a glance

Jamaica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 10,831 sq km. The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually increased its independence from Britain. In 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies. Jamaica gained full independence when it withdrew from the Federation in 1962. Deteriorating economic conditions during the 1970s led to recurrent violence as rival gangs affiliated with the major political parties evolved into powerful organized crime networks involved in international drug smuggling and money laundering. Violent crime, drug trafficking, and poverty pose significant challenges to the government today. Nonetheless, many rural and resort areas remain relatively safe and contribute substantially to the economy.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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