Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 11.9 years longer

In Senegal, the average life expectancy is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women). In Peru, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 2.2 times more likely to be obese

In Senegal, 8.8% of adults are obese. In Peru, that number is 19.7% of people.


make 4.9 times more money

Senegal has a GDP per capita of $2,700, while in Peru, the GDP per capita is $13,300.

be 86.0% less likely to be unemployed

In Senegal, 48.0% of adults are unemployed. In Peru, that number is 6.7%.

be 51.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Senegal, 46.7% live below the poverty line. In Peru, however, that number is 22.7%.

spend 25.0% less on taxes

Senegal has a top tax rate of 40.0%. In Peru, the top tax rate is 30.0%.


be 78.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In Senegal, approximately 315.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Peru, 68.0 women do.

be 63.3% more likely to be literate

In Senegal, the literacy rate is 57.7%. In Peru, it is 94.2%.

be 62.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Senegal, approximately 49.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Peru, on the other hand, 18.4 children do.

have 46.7% fewer children

In Senegal, there are approximately 33.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Peru, there are 17.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 65.5% more likely to have access to electricity

In Senegal, 55% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 28% in rural areas). In Peru, that number is 91% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 73% in rural areas).

be 77.0% more likely to have internet access

In Senegal, approximately 25.7% of the population has internet access. In Peru, about 45.5% do.

be 10.4% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Senegal, approximately 78% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Peru, that number is 87% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).


spend 46.5% less on education

Senegal spends 7.1% of its total GDP on education. Peru spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 17.0% more on healthcare

Senegal spends 4.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Peru, that number is 5.5% of GDP.


see 4.5 times more coastline

Senegal has a total of 531 km of coastline. In Peru, that number is 2,414 km.

Peru: At a glance

Peru is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,279,996 sq km. Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces were defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto FUJIMORI's election in 1990 ushered in a decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime, which led to his resignation in 2000. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which installed Alejandro TOLEDO Manrique as the new head of government - Peru's first democratically elected president of indigenous ethnicity. The presidential election of 2006 saw the return of Alan GARCIA Perez who, after a disappointing presidential term from 1985 to 1990, oversaw a robust economic rebound. In June 2011, former army officer Ollanta HUMALA Tasso was elected president, defeating Keiko FUJIMORI Higuchi, the daughter of Alberto FUJIMORI. Since his election, HUMALA has carried on the sound, market-oriented economic policies of the three preceding administrations.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Generale des Impots et des Domaines, Superintendencia Nacional de Aduanas y de Administración Tributaria.


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