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


live 6.3 years less

In Ireland, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 84 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.


pay a 37.5% lower top tax rate

Ireland has a top tax rate of 48.0% as of 2016. In El Salvador, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

make 91.0% less money

Ireland has a GDP per capita of $89,700 as of 2020, while in El Salvador, the GDP per capita is $8,100 as of 2020.

be 40.6% more likely to be unemployed

In Ireland, 5.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In El Salvador, that number is 7.0% as of 2017.

be 74.0% more likely to live below the poverty line

In Ireland, 13.1% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In El Salvador, however, that number is 22.8% as of 2019.


have 45.0% more children

In Ireland, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In El Salvador, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

be 9.2 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Ireland, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In El Salvador, 46.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.5 times more likely to die during infancy

In Ireland, approximately 3.5 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 40.2% less likely to have internet access

In Ireland, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In El Salvador, about 55.0% do as of 2020.


see 78.8% less coastline

Ireland has a total of 1,448 km of coastline. In El Salvador, that number is 307 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, The Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

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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