Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in El Salvador instead of United Kingdom, you would:


be 11.5% less likely to be obese

In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese. In El Salvador, that number is 24.6% of people.

live 5.9 years less

In United Kingdom, the average life expectancy is 81 years (79 years for men, 83 years for women). In El Salvador, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).


spend 33.3% less on taxes

United Kingdom has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In El Salvador, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 79.8% less money

United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $44,100, while in El Salvador, the GDP per capita is $8,900.

be 59.1% more likely to be unemployed

In United Kingdom, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In El Salvador, that number is 7.0%.

be 2.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In United Kingdom, 15.0% live below the poverty line. In El Salvador, however, that number is 32.7%.


have 33.9% more children

In United Kingdom, there are approximately 12.1 babies per 1,000 people. In El Salvador, there are 16.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In United Kingdom, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In El Salvador, 54.0 women do.

be 3.9 times more likely to die during infancy

In United Kingdom, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In El Salvador, on the other hand, 16.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 69.4% less likely to have internet access

In United Kingdom, approximately 94.8% of the population has internet access. In El Salvador, about 29.0% do.


spend 37.5% less on education

United Kingdom spends 5.6% of its total GDP on education. El Salvador spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 25.3% less on healthcare

United Kingdom spends 9.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In El Salvador, that number is 6.8% of GDP.


see 97.5% less coastline

United Kingdom has a total of 12,429 km of coastline. In El Salvador, that number is 307 km.

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 United Kingdom? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, HM Revenue & Customs.


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