Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 17.9% less likely to be obese


In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Guyana, that number is 20.2% of people.

be 2.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In El Salvador, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Guyana, that number is 1.7% of people.

live 6.3 years less


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

be 58.6% more likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.

Life

be 4.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Guyana, 229.0 women do.

be 81.0% more likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 23.1% more likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.

be 16.0% 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 Guyana, that number is 79% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 23.5% less on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guyana, that number is 5.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 49.5% more coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana 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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