Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

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


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

live 6.6 years less


In Eritrea, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 68 years for women). In Sierra Leone, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women).

be 74.0% more likely to be obese


In Eritrea, 5.0% of adults are obese. In Sierra Leone, that number is 8.7% of people.

Economy

be 40.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Eritrea, 50.0% live below the poverty line. In Sierra Leone, however, that number is 70.2%.

Life

have 22.6% more children


In Eritrea, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Sierra Leone, there are 36.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Eritrea, approximately 501.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sierra Leone, 1360.0 women do.

be 34.8% less likely to be literate


In Eritrea, the literacy rate is 73.8%. In Sierra Leone, it is 48.1%.

be 52.0% more likely to die during infancy


In Eritrea, approximately 45.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 68.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 9.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Eritrea, approximately 1.2% of the population has internet access. In Sierra Leone, about 11.8% do.

be 84.4% less likely to have access to electricity


In Eritrea, 32% of people have electricity access (86% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 5% of people on average (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 3.4 times more on healthcare


Eritrea spends 3.3% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sierra Leone, that number is 11.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 82.0% less coastline


Eritrea has a total of 2,234 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 Eritrea? 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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