Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 7.7 years longer

In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Switzerland, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 20.7% less likely to be obese

In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Switzerland, that number is 19.5% of people.


make 6.9 times more money

El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 57.1% less likely to be unemployed

In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Switzerland, that number is 3.0%.

be 79.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Switzerland, however, that number is 6.6%.

spend 33.3% more on taxes

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


be 90.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Switzerland, 5.0 women do.

be 78.6% less likely to die during infancy

In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Switzerland, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 35.2% less children

In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Switzerland, there are 10.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.1 times more likely to have internet access

In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Switzerland, about 89.4% do.


spend 45.7% more on education

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

spend 72.1% more on healthcare

El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Switzerland, that number is 11.7% of GDP.

Switzerland: At a glance

Switzerland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 39,997 sq km. The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

How big is Switzerland 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, Swiss Federal Tax Administration.


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