Quality of Life Comparison


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


make 3.1 times more money

El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,600.

be 22.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Latvia, however, that number is 25.5%.

spend 23.3% less on taxes

El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Latvia, the top tax rate is 23.0%.

be 28.6% more likely to be unemployed

In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Latvia, that number is 9.0%.


be 66.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Latvia, 18.0 women do.

be 13.5% more likely to be literate

In El Salvador, the literacy rate is 88.0%. In Latvia, it is 99.9%.

be 69.0% less likely to die during infancy

In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

have 40.1% less children

In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Latvia, there are 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.8 times more likely to have internet access

In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Latvia, about 79.9% do.


spend 13.2% less on healthcare

El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Latvia, that number is 5.9% of GDP.

spend 51.4% more on education

El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.


see 62.2% more coastline

El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Latvia, that number is 498 km.

Latvia: At a glance

Latvia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 62,249 sq km. The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 28% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2014.

How big is Latvia compared to El Salvador? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: State Revenue Service, Latvia, The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance.


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