Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.5 years less

In Paraguay, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In El Salvador, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 21.2% more likely to be obese

In Paraguay, 20.3% of adults are obese. In El Salvador, that number is 24.6% of people.


be 47.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Paraguay, 22.2% live below the poverty line. In El Salvador, however, that number is 32.7%.


be 59.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Paraguay, approximately 132.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In El Salvador, 54.0 women do.

be 10.2% less likely to die during infancy

In Paraguay, approximately 18.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In El Salvador, on the other hand, 16.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 43.5% less likely to have internet access

In Paraguay, approximately 51.3% of the population has internet access. In El Salvador, about 29.0% do.


spend 30.0% less on education

Paraguay spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. El Salvador spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 30.6% less on healthcare

Paraguay spends 9.8% 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 Paraguay? 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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