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

Health

be 91.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Kenya, 4.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Senegal, that number is 0.4% of people as of 2018.

live 5.8 years less

In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Senegal, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020.

be 23.9% more likely to be obese

In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 20.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In Senegal, that number is 48.0% as of 2007.

be 29.4% more likely to live below the poverty line

In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Senegal, however, that number is 46.7% as of 2011.

pay a 33.3% higher top tax rate

Kenya has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Senegal, the top tax rate is 40.0% as of 2016.

Life

have 16.9% more children

In Kenya, there are approximately 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Senegal, there are 31.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 36.3% less likely to be literate

In Kenya, the literacy rate is 81.5% as of 2018. In Senegal, it is 51.9% as of 2017.

be 53.4% more likely to die during infancy

In Kenya, approximately 29.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Senegal, on the other hand, 45.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 16.1% more likely to have access to electricity

In Kenya, approximately 56% of people have electricity access (78% in urban areas, and 39% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Senegal, that number is 65% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 43% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 2.6 times more likely to have internet access

In Kenya, approximately 17.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Senegal, about 46.0% do as of 2018.

be 22.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Kenya, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 60% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Senegal, that number is 83% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 74% in rural areas) as of 2017.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Direction Generale des Impots et des Domaines.

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.
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