Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Sierra Leone instead of Burundi, you would:


be 27.3% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Burundi, 1.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Sierra Leone, that number is 1.4% of people.

live 2.3 years less

In Burundi, the average life expectancy is 61 years (59 years for men, 63 years for women). In Sierra Leone, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women).

be 61.1% more likely to be obese

In Burundi, 5.4% of adults are obese. In Sierra Leone, that number is 8.7% of people.


make 2.3 times more money

Burundi has a GDP per capita of $700, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600.


be 91.0% more likely to die during childbirth

In Burundi, approximately 712.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sierra Leone, 1360.0 women do.

be 43.8% less likely to be literate

In Burundi, the literacy rate is 85.6%. In Sierra Leone, it is 48.1%.

be 16.3% more likely to die during infancy

In Burundi, approximately 58.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 68.4 children do.

have 12.1% fewer children

In Burundi, there are approximately 41.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Sierra Leone, there are 36.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.3 times more likely to have internet access

In Burundi, approximately 5.2% of the population has internet access. In Sierra Leone, about 11.8% do.

be 17.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Burundi, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (91% in urban areas, and 74% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 63% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas).


spend 46.3% less on education

Burundi spends 5.4% of its total GDP on education. Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 48.0% more on healthcare

Burundi spends 7.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sierra Leone, that number is 11.1% of GDP.

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 Burundi? 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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