Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 59.8% less likely to be obese


In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people.

live 21.0 years less


In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 years for men, 85 years for women). In Senegal, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

spend 13.6% less on taxes


Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3%. In Senegal, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

make 94.8% less money


Iceland has a GDP per capita of $51,800, while in Senegal, the GDP per capita is $2,700.

be 17.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Senegal, that number is 48.0%.

Life

have 2.4 times more children


In Iceland, there are approximately 13.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Senegal, there are 33.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 105.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Iceland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Senegal, 315.0 women do.

be 23.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In Iceland, approximately 2.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Senegal, on the other hand, 49.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 45.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Iceland, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Senegal, 55% of the population do.

be 73.8% less likely to have internet access


In Iceland, approximately 98.2% of the population has internet access. In Senegal, about 25.7% do.

be 21.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Iceland, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Senegal, that number is 78% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 47.2% less on healthcare


Iceland spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Senegal, that number is 4.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 89.3% less coastline


Iceland has a total of 4,970 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 Iceland? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Generale des Impots et des Domaines, Directorate of Internal Revenue.

question_answer HAVE A QUESTION? ASK THE COMMUNITY

Join the Elsewhere community and ask a question about Senegal. It's a free, question-and-answer based forum to discuss what life is like in countries and cities around the world.

Share this