Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.1 years longer


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Venezuela, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

make 36.0% more money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Venezuela, the GDP per capita is $12,100.

be 39.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Venezuela, however, that number is 19.7%.

be 3.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Venezuela, that number is 26.4%.

spend 13.3% more on taxes


El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Venezuela, the top tax rate is 34.0%.

Life

be 27.4% less likely to die during infancy


In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Venezuela, on the other hand, 12.2 children do.

have 16.0% more children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Venezuela, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 75.9% more likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Venezuela, 95.0 women do.

be 10.3% more likely to be literate


In El Salvador, the literacy rate is 88.0%. In Venezuela, it is 97.1%.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Venezuela, about 60.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 22.1% less on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Venezuela, that number is 5.3% of GDP.

spend 97.1% more on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Venezuela spends 6.9% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 9.1 times more coastline


El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Venezuela, that number is 2,800 km.

Venezuela: At a glance

Venezuela is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 882,050 sq km. Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his "21st Century Socialism," which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions. His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ's socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

How big is Venezuela 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, Ministerio del Poder Popular de Finanzas, SENIAT.


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