Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.7 years longer

In Moldova, the average life expectancy is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 3.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Moldova, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

be 30.7% more likely to be obese

In Moldova, 18.9% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.


make 61.4% more money

Moldova has a GDP per capita of $5,700, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed

In Moldova, 4.1% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

be 78.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Moldova, 9.6% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 38.9% more on taxes

Moldova has a top tax rate of 18.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.


have 55.7% more children

In Moldova, there are approximately 11.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.9 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Moldova, approximately 23.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 10.8% less likely to be literate

In Moldova, the literacy rate is 99.4%. In Jamaica, it is 88.7%.

Basic Needs

be 36.6% less likely to have internet access

In Moldova, approximately 71.0% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.


spend 19.4% less on education

Moldova spends 6.7% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 47.6% less on healthcare

Moldova spends 10.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

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 Moldova? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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