Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba. The climate is tropical, hot and humid but temperate in the interior. The official language is English. This is the dominant and business language of the country Most Jamaicans understand English, but speak patois – a dialect derived from English and African languages. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Jamaica is a mixed economy with both state enterprises and private sector businesses. Major sectors of the Jamaican economy include agriculture, mining, manufacturing, tourism, and financial and insurance services. Tourism and mining are the leading earners of foreign exchange. In Jamaica, North American business culture is prevalent. Jamaican men usually shake hands with other men, but will usually wait for women to initiate handshaking. Jamaican women do not usually shake hands with other women. Expatriate business dress is mostly formal and conservative. Lightweight suits for both men and women are acceptable. The security risk for expatriates in Jamaica is medium, but high in West Kingston and Spanish Town. Risks include violent crime, murder, rape, robbery and gang violence. The currency of Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar (JMD). Medical facilities vary throughout Jamaica and may not meet international standards. Medical treatment can be expensive often requiring immediate payment. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus have been reported. Dengue fever is common. The population of Jamaica is 2.7 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 4.6% (Sept 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Jamaica, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Jamaica as at 1 October 2017 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Low Jamaica is for example 39.8% more expensive than USA for groceries, 11.1% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 68.2% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Jamaica for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Jamaica) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Jamaica is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Jamaica? Register subscribe to your home location and Jamaica and run your personalised reports.