Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Equatorial Guinea instead of Senegal, you would:

Health

live 2.5 years longer


In Senegal, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

be 17.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Senegal, 0.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 7.1% of people as of 2018.

Economy

make 10.7 times more money


Senegal has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in Equatorial Guinea, the GDP per capita is $37,400 as of 2017.

be 82.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Senegal, 48.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2007. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.6% as of 2014.

pay a 12.5% lower top tax rate


Senegal has a top tax rate of 40.0% as of 2016. In Equatorial Guinea, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 83.6% more likely to be literate


In Senegal, the literacy rate is 51.9% as of 2017. In Equatorial Guinea, it is 95.3% as of 2015.

be 30.6% more likely to die during infancy


In Senegal, approximately 45.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Equatorial Guinea, on the other hand, 59.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 43.0% less likely to have internet access


In Senegal, approximately 46.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Equatorial Guinea, about 26.2% do as of 2018.

be 18.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Senegal, approximately 83% of people have improved drinking water access (92% in urban areas, and 74% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 68% of people on average (82% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 44.3% less coastline


Senegal has a total of 531 km of coastline. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 296 km.

Equatorial Guinea: At a glance

Equatorial Guinea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 28,051 sq km. Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President Teodoro Obiang NGUEMA MBASOGO has ruled the country since 1979 when he seized power in a coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996, 2002, and 2009 presidential elections - as well as the 1999, 2004, 2008, and 2013 legislative elections - were widely seen as flawed. The president exerts almost total control over the political system and has discouraged political opposition. Equatorial Guinea has experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil exporter. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production, resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, improvements in the population's living standards have been slow to develop.

How big is Equatorial Guinea compared to Senegal? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Direction Generale des Impots et des Domaines.

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