Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 17.1 years less


In China, the average life expectancy is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women). In Sierra Leone, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women).

be 40.3% more likely to be obese


In China, 6.2% of adults are obese. In Sierra Leone, that number is 8.7% of people.

Economy

spend 33.3% less on taxes


China has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In Sierra Leone, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 90.4% less money


China has a GDP per capita of $16,700, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

be 2.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In China, 3.9% of adults are unemployed. In Sierra Leone, that number is 9.1%.

be 21.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In China, 3.3% live below the poverty line. In Sierra Leone, however, that number is 70.2%.

Life

have 3.0 times more children


In China, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Sierra Leone, there are 36.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 50.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In China, approximately 27.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sierra Leone, 1360.0 women do.

be 50.1% less likely to be literate


In China, the literacy rate is 96.4%. In Sierra Leone, it is 48.1%.

be 5.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In China, approximately 12.0 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 China, 100% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 5% of people on average (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 77.8% less likely to have internet access


In China, approximately 53.2% of the population has internet access. In Sierra Leone, about 11.8% do.

be 34.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In China, approximately 96% of people have improved drinking water access (98% 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).

Expenditures

spend 2.0 times more on healthcare


China spends 5.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sierra Leone, that number is 11.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 97.2% less coastline


China has a total of 14,500 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 China? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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