Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 7.4 years less

In Italy, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women). In El Salvador, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 23.6% more likely to be obese

In Italy, 19.9% of adults are obese. In El Salvador, that number is 24.6% of people.


be 36.9% less likely to be unemployed

In Italy, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In El Salvador, that number is 7.0%.

spend 38.5% less on taxes

Italy has a top tax rate of 48.8%. In El Salvador, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 76.6% less money

Italy has a GDP per capita of $38,100, while in El Salvador, the GDP per capita is $8,900.


have 88.4% more children

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

be 13.5 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Italy, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In El Salvador, 54.0 women do.

be 11.3% less likely to be literate

In Italy, the literacy rate is 99.2%. In El Salvador, it is 88.0%.

be 5.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In Italy, approximately 3.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In El Salvador, on the other hand, 16.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 52.7% less likely to have internet access

In Italy, approximately 61.3% of the population has internet access. In El Salvador, about 29.0% do.


spend 14.6% less on education

Italy spends 4.1% of its total GDP on education. El Salvador spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 26.1% less on healthcare

Italy spends 9.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In El Salvador, that number is 6.8% of GDP.


see 96.0% less coastline

Italy has a total of 7,600 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 Italy? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Italian Revenue Agency, Ministry of Finance.


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