Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 5.9 years less

In Germany, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women). In El Salvador, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 10.3% more likely to be obese

In Germany, 22.3% of adults are obese. In El Salvador, that number is 24.6% of people.


spend 36.8% less on taxes

Germany has a top tax rate of 47.5%. In El Salvador, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 82.3% less money

Germany has a GDP per capita of $50,400, while in El Salvador, the GDP per capita is $8,900.

be 84.2% more likely to be unemployed

In Germany, 3.8% of adults are unemployed. In El Salvador, that number is 7.0%.

be 95.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Germany, 16.7% live below the poverty line. In El Salvador, however, that number is 32.7%.


have 88.4% more children

In Germany, there are approximately 8.6 babies per 1,000 people. In El Salvador, there are 16.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Germany, approximately 6.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In El Salvador, 54.0 women do.

be 4.9 times more likely to die during infancy

In Germany, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In El Salvador, on the other hand, 16.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 67.6% less likely to have internet access

In Germany, approximately 89.6% of the population has internet access. In El Salvador, about 29.0% do.


spend 28.6% less on education

Germany spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. El Salvador spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 39.8% less on healthcare

Germany spends 11.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In El Salvador, that number is 6.8% of GDP.


see 87.1% less coastline

Germany has a total of 2,389 km of coastline. In El Salvador, that number is 307 km.

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.

How big is El Salvador compared to Germany? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt), Ministry of Finance.


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