Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.9 years longer


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

make 2.9 times more money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400.

be 21.4% less likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Panama, that number is 5.5%.

be 29.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Panama, however, that number is 23.0%.

spend 16.7% less on taxes


El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Panama, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

Life

be 41.1% less likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.9 children do.

have 10.5% more children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Panama, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 74.1% more likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Panama, 94.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 86.2% more likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Panama, about 54.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 17.6% more on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Panama, that number is 8.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 8.1 times more coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Panama: At a glance

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama 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 Directorate of Revenues, Panama.


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