Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 4.5 years longer

In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Portugal, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 15.4% less likely to be obese

In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Portugal, that number is 20.8% of people.


make 3.4 times more money

El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Portugal, the GDP per capita is $30,400.

be 41.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Portugal, however, that number is 19.0%.

be 38.6% more likely to be unemployed

In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Portugal, that number is 9.7%.

spend 88.3% more on taxes

El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Portugal, the top tax rate is 56.5%.


be 81.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Portugal, 10.0 women do.

be 74.4% less likely to die during infancy

In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Portugal, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

have 44.4% less children

In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Portugal, there are 9.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.4 times more likely to have internet access

In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Portugal, about 70.4% do.


spend 45.7% more on education

El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Portugal spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 39.7% more on healthcare

El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Portugal, that number is 9.5% of GDP.


see 5.8 times more coastline

El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Portugal, that number is 1,793 km.

Portugal: At a glance

Portugal is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 91,470 sq km. Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil, its wealthiest colony, in 1822. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986.

How big is Portugal 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, Autoridade Tribut√°ria e Aduaneira.


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