Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 61.0% less likely to be obese


In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Benin, that number is 9.6% of people.

live 12.6 years less


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Benin, that number is 62 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

be 85.7% less likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Benin, that number is 1.0%.

make 74.2% less money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Benin, the GDP per capita is $2,300.

be 10.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Benin, however, that number is 36.2%.

Life

be 56.4% less likely to be literate


In El Salvador, the literacy rate is 88.0%. In Benin, it is 38.4%.

have 2.2 times more children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Benin, there are 35.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 7.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Benin, 405.0 women do.

be 3.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Benin, on the other hand, 52.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 69.1% less likely to have access to electricity


In El Salvador, 94% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas). In Benin, that number is 29% of people on average (57% in urban areas, and 9% in rural areas).

be 58.6% less likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Benin, about 12.0% do.

be 17.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In El Salvador, approximately 94% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas). In Benin, that number is 78% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 32.4% less on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Benin, that number is 4.6% of GDP.

spend 25.7% more on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Benin spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 60.6% less coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Benin, that number is 121 km.

Benin: At a glance

Benin is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 110,622 sq km. Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that rose to prominence in about 1600 and over the next two and half centuries became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade. Coastal areas of Dahomey began to be controlled by the French in the second half of the 19th century; the entire kingdom was conquered by 1894. French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI, who won a second five-year term in March 2011, has attempted to stem corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

How big is Benin 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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