If you lived in El Salvador instead of French Polynesia, you would:


live 3.1 years less

In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 78 years (76 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2022. In El Salvador, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2022.


be 67.9% less likely to be unemployed

In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2012. In El Salvador, that number is 7.0% as of 2017.

make 52.4% less money

French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000 as of 2015, while in El Salvador, the GDP per capita is $8,100 as of 2020.

be 15.7% more likely to live below the poverty line

In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In El Salvador, however, that number is 22.8% as of 2019.


have 32.7% more children

In French Polynesia, there are approximately 13.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In El Salvador, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during infancy

In French Polynesia, approximately 4.4 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In El Salvador, on the other hand, 12.1 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 24.7% less likely to have internet access

In French Polynesia, approximately 73.0% of the population has internet access as of 2019. In El Salvador, about 55.0% do as of 2020.


see 87.8% less coastline

French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 km of coastline. In El Salvador, that number is 307 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

El Salvador: At a glance

El Salvador is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 20,721 sq km. El Salvador achieved independence from Spain in 1821 and from the Central American Federation in 1839. A 12-year civil war, which cost about 75,000 lives, was brought to a close in 1992 when the government and leftist rebels signed a treaty that provided for military and political reforms.
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