Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 6.9 years longer

In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).


make 4.3 times more money

El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 35.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Spain, however, that number is 21.1%.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed

In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

spend 50.0% more on taxes

El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0%.


be 90.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

be 11.7% more likely to be literate

In El Salvador, the literacy rate is 88.0%. In Spain, it is 98.3%.

be 80.4% less likely to die during infancy

In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 43.2% less children

In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 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 Spain, about 80.6% do.


spend 22.9% more on education

El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 32.4% more on healthcare

El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Spain, that number is 9.0% of GDP.


see 16.2 times more coastline

El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Spain, that number is 4,964 km.

Spain: At a glance

Spain is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 498,980 sq km. Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World War I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. More recently the government has had to focus on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008. Austerity measures implemented to reduce a large budget deficit and reassure foreign investors have led to one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.

How big is Spain 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, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.


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