Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 4.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Malaysia, 0.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Jamaica, that number is 1.9% of people as of 2018.

be 58.3% more likely to be obese


In Malaysia, 15.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 10.7% lower top tax rate


Malaysia has a top tax rate of 28.0% as of 2016. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

make 68.4% less money


Malaysia has a GDP per capita of $29,100 as of 2017, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2017.

be 3.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Malaysia, 3.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

be 4.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Malaysia, 3.8% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1% as of 2016.

Life

be 2.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Malaysia, approximately 29.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Jamaica, 80.0 women do as of 2017.

have 12.0% fewer children


In Malaysia, there are approximately 18.3 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 32.2% less likely to have internet access


In Malaysia, approximately 81.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Jamaica, about 55.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 14.9% more on education


Malaysia spends 4.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Geography

see 78.1% less coastline


Malaysia has a total of 4,675 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 Malaysia? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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