Living in Jamaica
Jamaica’s attractiveness as an investment destination is complemented by its great quality of life, which has consistently been affirmed by a range of international studies. According to the 2013 Human Development Index (HDI) produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Jamaica is ranked among countries with high human development as it relates to life expectancy, literacy, education, standards of living.
Great Quality of Life
The country achieved a ranking of 40 out of 156 nations in the first United Nations-commissioned World Happiness Report, which was published by the Earth Institute at Columbia University in 2012. The Happy Planet Index (HPI), which is produced by the London-based New Economics Foundation, ranked Jamaica as the 6th happiest country in the world in 2012. The HPI report noted that Jamaica's ranking “reflects a relatively high life expectancy, relatively high levels of experienced well-being, and a low ecological footprint”.
Jamaica’s life expectancy at birth stands at an average of 74 years, and the country has an impressive track record in the delivery of healthcare services. The 2000 Health System Ranking by the World Health Organisation (WHO) puts Jamaica at 53 out of 190 countries and in the top three in the English-speaking Caribbean.
The quality of life in Jamaica is enhanced by the beauty of the natural environment, which boasts a remarkable diversity of species and ecosystems. Jamaica has the highest number of endemic birds and plants of any Caribbean island and is ranked number five in terms of its endemic flora and fauna amongst islands worldwide.
Jamaica is renowned for its unique style, exquisite artistry, sporting excellence and rich culture as expressed through its creative industries. These attributes earned Jamaica the distinction of being named the third coolest country in the world by US cable news giant CNN in 2011. The island is one of the most ethnically diverse in the region, and its multi-cultural history is captured in the national motto: “Out of many, one people”. The dynamic Jamaican cultural experience includes live music shows, plays, colourful carnivals, historic sites, galleries, museums, and eateries serving traditional and international fare.
Modern Social & Physical Infrastructure
As it relates to infrastructure, the country is well-served by three modern international airports that are connected to key gateways. It also has a well-developed road network that is complemented by efficient public and private transportation systems. The country's social and physical infrastructure is further bolstered by a robust ICT platform that meets all the requirements for global connectivity. Jamaica's education system offers excellent quality primary, secondary and tertiary level education, as well as private and state-funded vocational training that is tailored to meet the occupational demands of the labour market.
The country remains committed to developing a productive economy and improving access to an effective social safety net that facilitates an excellent quality of life. The Government of Jamaica is dedicated to realising the Vision 2030 National Development Plan of “making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.
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