Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Barbados instead of Panama, you would:


be 60.0% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Panama, 1.0% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Barbados, that number is 1.6% of people.

live 3.3 years less

In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Barbados, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).


make 26.4% less money

Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,700.

be 90.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Barbados, that number is 10.5%.

spend 34.0% more on taxes

Panama has a top tax rate of 25.0%. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5%.


be 71.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Barbados, 27.0 women do.

have 34.6% less children

In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Barbados, there are 11.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 47.2% more likely to have internet access

In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Barbados, about 79.5% do.


spend 59.4% more on education

Panama spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Barbados spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.


see 96.1% less coastline

Panama has a total of 2,490 km of coastline. In Barbados, that number is 97 km.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

How big is Barbados compared to Panama? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama, Ministry of Finance, Barbados.


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