Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 68.9% less likely to be obese

In Chile, 28.0% of adults are obese. In Sierra Leone, that number is 8.7% of people.

be 2.3 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Chile, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Sierra Leone, that number is 1.4% of people.

live 20.3 years less

In Chile, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Sierra Leone, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women).


spend 25.0% less on taxes

Chile has a top tax rate of 40.0%. In Sierra Leone, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 93.5% less money

Chile has a GDP per capita of $24,500, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

be 30.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Chile, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Sierra Leone, that number is 9.1%.

be 4.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Chile, 14.4% live below the poverty line. In Sierra Leone, however, that number is 70.2%.


have 2.7 times more children

In Chile, there are approximately 13.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Sierra Leone, there are 36.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 61.8 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Chile, approximately 22.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sierra Leone, 1360.0 women do.

be 50.7% less likely to be literate

In Chile, the literacy rate is 97.5%. In Sierra Leone, it is 48.1%.

be 10.4 times more likely to die during infancy

In Chile, approximately 6.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 68.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 95.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Chile, 100% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 5% of people on average (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 82.1% less likely to have internet access

In Chile, approximately 66.0% of the population has internet access. In Sierra Leone, about 11.8% do.

be 36.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Chile, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 63% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas).


spend 40.8% less on education

Chile spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 42.3% more on healthcare

Chile spends 7.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sierra Leone, that number is 11.1% of GDP.


see 93.8% less coastline

Chile has a total of 6,435 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 Chile? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Revenue Authority, Chilean Tax Administration.


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