Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.0 years longer


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Colombia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

make 62.9% more money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,500.

be 14.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Colombia, however, that number is 28.0%.

be 50.0% more likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Colombia, that number is 10.5%.

spend 10.0% more on taxes


El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Colombia, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 19.0% less likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Colombia, on the other hand, 13.6 children do.

be 18.5% more likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Colombia, 64.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 2.0 times more likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Colombia, about 58.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 28.6% more on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 10.4 times more coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

How big is Colombia 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, Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN).


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