Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 24.0% less likely to be obese


In Libya, 32.5% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

live 3.0 years less


In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

be 65.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Libya, 30.0% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

spend 2.5 times more on taxes


Libya has a top tax rate of 10.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

Life

be 9.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Libya, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 18.5% more likely to die during infancy


In Libya, approximately 10.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Libya, approximately 20.3% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

be 72.4% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Libya, approximately 54% of people have improved drinking water access (54% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 94% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas).

Geography

see 42.3% less coastline


Libya has a total of 1,770 km of coastline. In Jamaica, that number is 1,022 km.

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 Libya? 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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