Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 84.1% less likely to be obese


In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Cambodia, that number is 3.9% of people.

live 10.0 years less


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Cambodia, that number is 65 years (62 years for men, 68 years for women).

Economy

be 95.7% less likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Cambodia, that number is 0.3%.

be 49.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Cambodia, however, that number is 16.5%.

spend 33.3% less on taxes


El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Cambodia, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 55.1% less money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Cambodia, the GDP per capita is $4,000.

Life

be 12.3% less likely to be literate


In El Salvador, the literacy rate is 88.0%. In Cambodia, it is 77.2%.

have 42.0% more children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Cambodia, there are 23.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Cambodia, 161.0 women do.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cambodia, on the other hand, 47.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 63.8% 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 Cambodia, that number is 34% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 18% in rural areas).

be 11.7% less likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Cambodia, about 25.6% do.

be 19.5% 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 Cambodia, that number is 76% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 45.7% less on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Cambodia spends 1.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 16.2% less on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cambodia, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 44.3% more coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Cambodia, that number is 443 km.

Cambodia: At a glance

Cambodia is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 176,515 sq km. Most Cambodians consider themselves to be Khmers, descendants of the Angkor Empire that extended over much of Southeast Asia and reached its zenith between the 10th and 13th centuries. Attacks by the Thai and Cham (from present-day Vietnam) weakened the empire, ushering in a long period of decline. The king placed the country under French protection in 1863, and it became part of French Indochina in 1887. Following Japanese occupation in World War II, Cambodia gained full independence from France in 1953. In April 1975, after a five-year struggle, communist Khmer Rouge forces captured Phnom Penh and evacuated all cities and towns. At least 1.5 million Cambodians died from execution, forced hardships, or starvation during the Khmer Rouge regime under POL POT. A December 1978 Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge into the countryside, began a 10-year Vietnamese occupation, and touched off almost 13 years of civil war. The 1991 Paris Peace Accords mandated democratic elections and a ceasefire, which was not fully respected by the Khmer Rouge. UN-sponsored elections in 1993 helped restore some semblance of normalcy under a coalition government. Factional fighting in 1997 ended the first coalition government, but a second round of national elections in 1998 led to the formation of another coalition government and renewed political stability. The remaining elements of the Khmer Rouge surrendered in early 1999. Some of the surviving Khmer Rouge leaders have been tried or are awaiting trial for crimes against humanity by a hybrid UN-Cambodian tribunal supported by international assistance. Elections in July 2003 were relatively peaceful, but it took one year of negotiations between contending political parties before a coalition government was formed. In October 2004, King Norodom SIHANOUK abdicated the throne and his son, Prince Norodom SIHAMONI, was selected to succeed him. Local elections were held in Cambodia in April 2007, with little of the pre-election violence that preceded prior elections. National elections in July 2008 were relatively peaceful, as were commune council elections in June 2012.

How big is Cambodia 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, General Department of Taxation.

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