Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Jamaica instead of Solomon Islands, you would:

Health

live 1.9 years less


In Solomon Islands, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

make 4.2 times more money


Solomon Islands has a GDP per capita of $2,200, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

Life

be 21.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Solomon Islands, approximately 114.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 12.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Solomon Islands, approximately 14.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

have 28.1% fewer children


In Solomon Islands, there are approximately 24.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.0 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Solomon Islands, 23% of people have electricity access (62% in urban areas, and 13% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 93% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

be 4.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Solomon Islands, approximately 11.0% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

be 16.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Solomon Islands, approximately 81% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas). In Jamaica, that number is 94% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 46.0% less on education


Solomon Islands spends 10.0% of its total GDP on education. Jamaica spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 80.8% less coastline


Solomon Islands has a total of 5,313 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 Solomon Islands? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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