Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 18.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Montenegro, 0.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.


be 35.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Montenegro, 16.1% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

make 48.0% less money

Montenegro has a GDP per capita of $17,700, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 98.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Montenegro, 8.6% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 2.8 times more on taxes

Montenegro has a top tax rate of 9.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.


have 79.0% more children

In Montenegro, there are approximately 10.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 12.7 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Montenegro, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 10.1% less likely to be literate

In Montenegro, the literacy rate is 98.7%. In Jamaica, it is 88.7%.

Basic Needs

be 35.6% less likely to have internet access

In Montenegro, approximately 69.9% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.


spend 15.6% less on healthcare

Montenegro spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.


see 3.5 times more coastline

Montenegro has a total of 294 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 Montenegro? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Department of Public Revenues, Montenegro, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.


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