Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Senegal instead of Burkina Faso, you would:

Health

live 6.2 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Senegal, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

be 57.1% more likely to be obese


In Burkina Faso, 5.6% of adults are obese. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people.

Economy

make 42.1% more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Senegal, the GDP per capita is $2,700.

be 37.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Senegal, that number is 48.0%.

be 16.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Senegal, however, that number is 46.7%.

Life

be 15.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Senegal, 315.0 women do.

be 32.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Senegal, on the other hand, 49.1 children do.

be 60.3% more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Senegal, it is 57.7%.

have 18.9% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Senegal, there are 33.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.2 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Burkina Faso, 17% of people have electricity access (56% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Senegal, that number is 55% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 28% in rural areas).

be 83.6% more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Senegal, about 25.7% do.

Expenditures

spend 69.0% more on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education. Senegal spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

Senegal: At a glance

Senegal is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 192,530 sq km. The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until Abdoulaye WADE was elected president in 2000. He was reelected in 2007 and during his two terms amended Senegal's constitution over a dozen times to increase executive power and to weaken the opposition. His decision to run for a third presidential term sparked a large public backlash that led to his defeat in a March 2012 runoff election with Macky SALL.

How big is Senegal compared to Burkina Faso? 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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