Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 64.2% less likely to be obese


In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people.

live 12.8 years less


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Senegal, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

make 69.7% less money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Senegal, the GDP per capita is $2,700.

be 6.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Senegal, that number is 48.0%.

be 42.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Senegal, however, that number is 46.7%.

spend 33.3% more on taxes


El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Senegal, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

Life

be 34.4% less likely to be literate


In El Salvador, the literacy rate is 88.0%. In Senegal, it is 57.7%.

have 2.1 times more children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Senegal, there are 33.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Senegal, 315.0 women do.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Senegal, on the other hand, 49.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 41.5% 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 Senegal, that number is 55% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 28% in rural areas).

be 11.4% less likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Senegal, about 25.7% do.

be 16.3% 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 Senegal, that number is 78% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 30.9% less on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Senegal, that number is 4.7% of GDP.

spend 2.0 times more on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Senegal spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 73.0% more coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Senegal, that number is 531 km.

Senegal: At a glance

Senegal is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 192,530 sq km. The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until Abdoulaye WADE was elected president in 2000. He was reelected in 2007 and during his two terms amended Senegal's constitution over a dozen times to increase executive power and to weaken the opposition. His decision to run for a third presidential term sparked a large public backlash that led to his defeat in a March 2012 runoff election with Macky SALL.

How big is Senegal 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, Direction Generale des Impots et des Domaines.

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