Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 2.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Cambodia, 0.5% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Sierra Leone, that number is 1.4% of people.

live 6.3 years less

In Cambodia, the average life expectancy is 65 years (62 years for men, 68 years for women). In Sierra Leone, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women).

be 2.2 times more likely to be obese

In Cambodia, 3.9% of adults are obese. In Sierra Leone, that number is 8.7% of people.


make 60.0% less money

Cambodia has a GDP per capita of $4,000, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

be 30.3 times more likely to be unemployed

In Cambodia, 0.3% of adults are unemployed. In Sierra Leone, that number is 9.1%.

be 4.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Cambodia, 16.5% live below the poverty line. In Sierra Leone, however, that number is 70.2%.

spend 50.0% more on taxes

Cambodia has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Sierra Leone, the top tax rate is 30.0%.


have 57.8% more children

In Cambodia, there are approximately 23.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Sierra Leone, there are 36.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 8.4 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Cambodia, approximately 161.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sierra Leone, 1360.0 women do.

be 37.7% less likely to be literate

In Cambodia, the literacy rate is 77.2%. In Sierra Leone, it is 48.1%.

be 44.3% more likely to die during infancy

In Cambodia, approximately 47.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 68.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 85.3% less likely to have access to electricity

In Cambodia, 34% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 18% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 5% of people on average (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 53.9% less likely to have internet access

In Cambodia, approximately 25.6% of the population has internet access. In Sierra Leone, about 11.8% do.

be 17.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Cambodia, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 63% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas).


spend 52.6% more on education

Cambodia spends 1.9% of its total GDP on education. Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 94.7% more on healthcare

Cambodia spends 5.7% 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 Cambodia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Revenue Authority, General Department of Taxation.


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