Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 10.4 years less

In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 89 years for women). In El Salvador, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 5.7 times more likely to be obese

In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese. In El Salvador, that number is 24.6% of people.


spend 46.4% less on taxes

Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0%. In El Salvador, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 79.2% less money

Japan has a GDP per capita of $42,800, while in El Salvador, the GDP per capita is $8,900.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed

In Japan, 2.9% of adults are unemployed. In El Salvador, that number is 7.0%.

be 2.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Japan, 16.1% live below the poverty line. In El Salvador, however, that number is 32.7%.


have 2.1 times more children

In Japan, there are approximately 7.7 babies per 1,000 people. In El Salvador, there are 16.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 10.8 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Japan, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In El Salvador, 54.0 women do.

be 8.4 times more likely to die during infancy

In Japan, approximately 2.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In El Salvador, on the other hand, 16.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 68.5% less likely to have internet access

In Japan, approximately 92.0% of the population has internet access. In El Salvador, about 29.0% do.


spend 33.3% less on healthcare

Japan spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare. In El Salvador, that number is 6.8% of GDP.


see 99.0% less coastline

Japan has a total of 29,751 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 Japan? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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