Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Jamaica instead of Wallis and Futuna, you would:

Health

live 6.1 years less


In Wallis and Futuna, the average life expectancy is 80 years (77 years for men, 83 years for women). In Jamaica, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

make 2.4 times more money


Wallis and Futuna has a GDP per capita of $3,800, while in Jamaica, the GDP per capita is $9,200.

be 18.2% more likely to be unemployed


In Wallis and Futuna, 8.8% of adults are unemployed. In Jamaica, that number is 10.4%.

Life

have 35.6% more children


In Wallis and Futuna, there are approximately 13.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Jamaica, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Wallis and Futuna, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jamaica, on the other hand, 12.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 2.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Wallis and Futuna, approximately 22.1% of the population has internet access. In Jamaica, about 45.0% do.

Geography

see 7.9 times more coastline


Wallis and Futuna has a total of 129 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 Wallis and Futuna? 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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