Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Burkina Faso instead of Senegal, you would:


be 36.4% less likely to be obese

In Senegal, 8.8% of adults are obese. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.6% of people.

live 6.2 years less

In Senegal, the average life expectancy is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women). In Burkina Faso, that number is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women).


be 14.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Senegal, 46.7% live below the poverty line. In Burkina Faso, however, that number is 40.1%.

make 29.6% less money

Senegal has a GDP per capita of $2,700, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900.

be 60.4% more likely to be unemployed

In Senegal, 48.0% of adults are unemployed. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0%.


have 23.4% more children

In Senegal, there are approximately 33.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Burkina Faso, there are 41.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 17.8% more likely to die during childbirth

In Senegal, approximately 315.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Burkina Faso, 371.0 women do.

be 37.6% less likely to be literate

In Senegal, the literacy rate is 57.7%. In Burkina Faso, it is 36.0%.

be 47.0% more likely to die during infancy

In Senegal, approximately 49.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 72.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 69.1% less likely to have access to electricity

In Senegal, 55% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 28% in rural areas). In Burkina Faso, that number is 17% of people on average (56% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 45.5% less likely to have internet access

In Senegal, approximately 25.7% of the population has internet access. In Burkina Faso, about 14.0% do.


spend 40.8% less on education

Senegal spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education. Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of total GDP on education.

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

How big is Burkina Faso compared to Senegal? 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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