Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 3.9 years longer

In Nepal, the average life expectancy is 71 years (70 years for men, 72 years for women). In El Salvador, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 6.0 times more likely to be obese

In Nepal, 4.1% of adults are obese. In El Salvador, that number is 24.6% of people.


make 3.3 times more money

Nepal has a GDP per capita of $2,700, while in El Salvador, the GDP per capita is $8,900.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed

In Nepal, 3.0% of adults are unemployed. In El Salvador, that number is 7.0%.

be 29.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Nepal, 25.2% live below the poverty line. In El Salvador, however, that number is 32.7%.


be 79.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Nepal, approximately 258.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In El Salvador, 54.0 women do.

be 37.7% more likely to be literate

In Nepal, the literacy rate is 63.9%. In El Salvador, it is 88.0%.

be 39.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Nepal, approximately 27.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In El Salvador, on the other hand, 16.8 children do.

have 16.9% less children

In Nepal, there are approximately 19.5 babies per 1,000 people. In El Salvador, there are 16.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 23.7% more likely to have access to electricity

In Nepal, 76% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas). In El Salvador, that number is 94% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas).

be 47.2% more likely to have internet access

In Nepal, approximately 19.7% of the population has internet access. In El Salvador, about 29.0% do.


spend 17.2% more on healthcare

Nepal spends 5.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In El Salvador, that number is 6.8% of GDP.

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 Nepal? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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