Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Senegal instead of Guyana, you would:

Health

be 76.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Guyana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Senegal, that number is 0.4% of people.

be 56.4% less likely to be obese


In Guyana, 20.2% of adults are obese. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people.

live 6.5 years less


In Guyana, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women). In Senegal, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

make 67.1% less money


Guyana has a GDP per capita of $8,200, while in Senegal, the GDP per capita is $2,700.

be 4.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Guyana, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Senegal, that number is 48.0%.

be 33.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Guyana, 35.0% live below the poverty line. In Senegal, however, that number is 46.7%.

Life

have 2.2 times more children


In Guyana, there are approximately 15.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Senegal, there are 33.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 37.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In Guyana, approximately 229.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Senegal, 315.0 women do.

be 34.8% less likely to be literate


In Guyana, the literacy rate is 88.5%. In Senegal, it is 57.7%.

be 61.5% more likely to die during infancy


In Guyana, approximately 30.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Senegal, on the other hand, 49.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 30.4% less likely to have access to electricity


In Guyana, 79% of people have electricity access (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas). In Senegal, that number is 55% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 28% in rural areas).

be 28.0% less likely to have internet access


In Guyana, approximately 35.7% of the population has internet access. In Senegal, about 25.7% do.

be 20.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Guyana, approximately 98% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Senegal, that number is 78% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.2 times more on education


Guyana spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Senegal spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 15.7% more coastline


Guyana has a total of 459 km of coastline. In Senegal, that number is 531 km.

Senegal: At a glance

Senegal is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 192,530 sq km. The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until Abdoulaye WADE was elected president in 2000. He was reelected in 2007 and during his two terms amended Senegal's constitution over a dozen times to increase executive power and to weaken the opposition. His decision to run for a third presidential term sparked a large public backlash that led to his defeat in a March 2012 runoff election with Macky SALL.

How big is Senegal compared to Guyana? 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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