Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 32.5% less likely to be obese


In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Lesotho, that number is 16.6% of people.

be 39.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In El Salvador, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Lesotho, that number is 23.8% of people.

live 21.9 years less


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Lesotho, that number is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women).

Economy

make 59.6% less money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Lesotho, the GDP per capita is $3,600.

be 4.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Lesotho, that number is 28.1%.

be 74.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Lesotho, however, that number is 57.0%.

Life

have 51.9% more children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Lesotho, there are 24.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Lesotho, 487.0 women do.

be 2.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Lesotho, on the other hand, 46.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 81.9% 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 Lesotho, that number is 17% of people on average (43% in urban areas, and 8% in rural areas).

be 12.8% 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 Lesotho, that number is 82% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 3.3 times more on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Lesotho spends 11.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 55.9% more on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Lesotho, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Lesotho: At a glance

Lesotho is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 30,355 sq km. Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled the country during its first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Batswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties disputed how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly. In May 2012, competitive elections involving 18 parties saw Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas THABANE form a coalition government - the first in the country's history - that ousted the 14-year incumbent, Pakalitha MOSISILI, who peacefully transferred power the following month.

How big is Lesotho 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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