Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 97.0% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zimbabwe, 13.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Senegal, that number is 0.4% of people.

live 1.7 years longer


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

be 43.2% less likely to be obese


In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people.

Economy

make 17.4% more money


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

be 35.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Zimbabwe, 72.3% live below the poverty line. In Senegal, however, that number is 46.7%.

spend 20.0% less on taxes


Zimbabwe has a top tax rate of 50.0%. In Senegal, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

be 4.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Senegal, that number is 48.0%.

Life

be 28.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Senegal, 315.0 women do.

be 33.3% less likely to be literate


In Zimbabwe, the literacy rate is 86.5%. In Senegal, it is 57.7%.

be 50.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Senegal, on the other hand, 49.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 37.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In Zimbabwe, 40% of people have electricity access (80% 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 11.3% more likely to have internet access


In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Senegal, about 25.7% do.

Expenditures

spend 15.5% less on education


Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. Senegal spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 26.6% less on healthcare


Zimbabwe spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Senegal, that number is 4.7% of GDP.

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 Zimbabwe? 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, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

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