Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 85.1% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Namibia, 12.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

live 9.7 years longer


In Namibia, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 43.6% more likely to be obese


In Namibia, 17.2% of adults are obese. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people.

Economy

be 69.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Namibia, 34.0% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

be 40.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Namibia, 28.7% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 32.4% less on taxes


Namibia has a top tax rate of 37.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 18.6% less money


Namibia has a GDP per capita of $11,300, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

Life

be 66.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Namibia, approximately 265.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 63.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Namibia, approximately 35.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

have 34.4% less children


In Namibia, there are approximately 27.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.9 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Namibia, 32% of people have electricity access (50% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 93% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

be 45.2% more likely to have internet access


In Namibia, approximately 31.0% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 34.9% less on education


Namibia spends 8.3% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 39.3% less on healthcare


Namibia spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jamaica, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 35.0% less coastline


Namibia has a total of 1,572 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 Namibia? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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