Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Belize instead of El Salvador, you would:

Health

be 3.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In El Salvador, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Belize, that number is 1.9% of people.

live 6.0 years less


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Belize, that number is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women).

Economy

be 44.3% more likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Belize, that number is 10.1%.

be 25.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Belize, however, that number is 41.0%.

Life

be 48.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Belize, 28.0 women do.

have 48.1% more children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Belize, there are 24.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 12.5% more likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belize, on the other hand, 18.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 53.8% more likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Belize, about 44.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 14.7% less on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belize, that number is 5.8% of GDP.

spend 2.1 times more on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Belize spends 7.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 25.7% more coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Belize, that number is 386 km.

Belize: At a glance

Belize is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 22,806 sq km. Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.

How big is Belize compared to El Salvador? 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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