Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 1.2 years longer


In Suriname, the average life expectancy is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 38.5% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Suriname, 1.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Jamaica, that number is 1.8% of people.

Economy

be 75.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Suriname, 70.0% live below the poverty line. In Jamaica, however, that number is 17.1%.

spend 34.2% less on taxes


Suriname has a top tax rate of 38.0%. In Jamaica, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 37.0% less money


Suriname has a GDP per capita of $14,600, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 14.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Suriname, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

Life

be 42.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Suriname, approximately 155.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Jamaica, 89.0 women do.

be 47.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Suriname, approximately 24.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

have 13.3% more children


In Suriname, there are approximately 15.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Geography

see 2.6 times more coastline


Suriname has a total of 386 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 Suriname? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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