Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.5 years longer


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Uruguay, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 13.4% more likely to be obese


In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Uruguay, that number is 27.9% of people.

Economy

make 2.5 times more money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Uruguay, the GDP per capita is $22,400.

be 70.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7%.

Life

be 72.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Uruguay, 15.0 women do.

be 50.6% less likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Uruguay, on the other hand, 8.3 children do.

be 11.9% more likely to be literate


In El Salvador, the literacy rate is 88.0%. In Uruguay, it is 98.5%.

have 19.8% less children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Uruguay, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.3 times more likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Uruguay, about 66.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 25.7% more on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Uruguay spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 26.5% more on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Uruguay, that number is 8.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 2.1 times more coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Uruguay, that number is 660 km.

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay 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.

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