Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 9.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Netherlands, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 1.9% of people as of 2018.

live 6.5 years less


In Netherlands, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020. In Jamaica, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 21.1% more likely to be obese


In Netherlands, 20.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Jamaica, that number is 24.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 51.9% lower top tax rate


Netherlands has a top tax rate of 52.0% as of 2016. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

make 82.9% less money


Netherlands has a GDP per capita of $53,900 as of 2017, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200 as of 2017.

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Netherlands, 4.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Jamaica, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

be 94.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Netherlands, 8.8% live below the poverty line as of 2015. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1% as of 2016.

Life

have 46.4% more children


In Netherlands, there are approximately 11.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Jamaica, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 16.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Netherlands, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Jamaica, 80.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In Netherlands, approximately 3.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 11.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 41.9% less likely to have internet access


In Netherlands, approximately 94.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Jamaica, about 55.1% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 2.3 times more coastline


Netherlands has a total of 451 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 Netherlands? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Tax and Customs Administration - Belastingdienst, Tax Admministration of Jamaica.

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