Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 2.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In El Salvador, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Suriname, that number is 1.3% of people.

live 2.4 years less


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Suriname, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

make 64.0% more money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Suriname, the GDP per capita is $14,600.

be 30.0% more likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Suriname, that number is 9.1%.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Suriname, however, that number is 70.0%.

spend 26.7% more on taxes


El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Suriname, the top tax rate is 38.0%.

Life

be 2.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Suriname, 155.0 women do.

be 45.8% more likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Suriname, on the other hand, 24.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 56.6% more likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Suriname, about 45.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 16.2% less on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Suriname, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 25.7% more coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Suriname, that number is 386 km.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

How big is Suriname 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.


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