Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sierra Leone instead of British Virgin Islands, you would:

Health

live 19.4 years less


In British Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (78 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Sierra Leone, that number is 60 years (57 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 95.3% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200 as of 2017, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600 as of 2017.

be 5.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Sierra Leone, that number is 15.0% as of 2017.

Life

have 3.2 times more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Sierra Leone, there are 35.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 5.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 11.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 63.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 79.4% less likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Sierra Leone, about 9.0% do as of 2018.

be 30.2% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Sierra Leone, 70% of people do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 43.7% more on education


British Virgin Islands spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Sierra Leone spends 4.6% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 5.0 times more coastline


British Virgin Islands has a total of 80 km of coastline. In Sierra Leone, that number is 402 km.

Sierra Leone: At a glance

Sierra Leone is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 71,620 sq km. Democracy is slowly being reestablished after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about a third of the population). The military, which took over full responsibility for security following the departure of UN peacekeepers at the end of 2005, is increasingly developing as a guarantor of the country's stability. The armed forces remained on the sideline during the 2007 and 2012 national elections, and over the past year have deployed over 850 peacekeepers in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). As of January 2014, Sierra Leone also fielded 122 staff for five UN peacekeeping missions. In March 2014, the closure of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) marked the end of more than 15 years of peacekeeping and political operations in Sierra Leone. The government's priorities include furthering development, creating jobs, and stamping out endemic corruption.

How big is Sierra Leone compared to British Virgin Islands? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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