Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 2.4 times more money

El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,700.

be 11.4% less likely to be unemployed

In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2%.

be 28.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Bulgaria, however, that number is 23.4%.

spend 66.7% less on taxes

El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Bulgaria, the top tax rate is 10.0%.


be 79.6% less likely to die during childbirth

In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Bulgaria, 11.0 women do.

be 50.0% less likely to die during infancy

In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

be 11.8% more likely to be literate

In El Salvador, the literacy rate is 88.0%. In Bulgaria, it is 98.4%.

have 46.3% less children

In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Bulgaria, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access

In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Bulgaria, about 59.8% do.


spend 17.1% more on education

El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Bulgaria spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 23.5% more on healthcare

El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bulgaria, that number is 8.4% of GDP.


see 15.3% more coastline

El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Bulgaria: At a glance

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Bulgaria 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, Ministry of Finance, National Revenue Agency, Bulgaria.


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