Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.3 years less


In Sudan, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women). In Senegal, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

be 33.3% more likely to be obese


In Sudan, 6.6% of adults are obese. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people.

Economy

make 41.3% less money


Sudan has a GDP per capita of $4,600, while in Senegal, the GDP per capita is $2,700.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Sudan, 19.6% of adults are unemployed. In Senegal, that number is 48.0%.

spend 2.7 times more on taxes


Sudan has a top tax rate of 15.0%. In Senegal, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

Life

be 24.0% less likely to be literate


In Sudan, the literacy rate is 75.9%. In Senegal, it is 57.7%.

have 19.7% more children


In Sudan, there are approximately 27.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Senegal, there are 33.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 57.1% more likely to have access to electricity


In Sudan, 35% of people have electricity access (63% in urban areas, and 21% in rural areas). In Senegal, that number is 55% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 28% in rural areas).

be 41.4% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Sudan, approximately 56% of people have improved drinking water access (66% in urban areas, and 50% in rural areas). In Senegal, that number is 78% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 44.0% less on healthcare


Sudan spends 8.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Senegal, that number is 4.7% of GDP.

spend 3.2 times more on education


Sudan spends 2.2% of its total GDP on education. Senegal spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 37.7% less coastline


Sudan has a total of 853 km of coastline. In Senegal, that number is 531 km.

Senegal: At a glance

Senegal is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 192,530 sq km. The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until Abdoulaye WADE was elected president in 2000. He was reelected in 2007 and during his two terms amended Senegal's constitution over a dozen times to increase executive power and to weaken the opposition. His decision to run for a third presidential term sparked a large public backlash that led to his defeat in a March 2012 runoff election with Macky SALL.

How big is Senegal compared to Sudan? 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, Sudan Chamber of Taxation.

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