Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Liberia instead of Finland, you would:

Health

be 55.4% less likely to be obese


In Finland, 22.2% of adults are obese. In Liberia, that number is 9.9% of people.

live 17.7 years less


In Finland, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Liberia, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

be 67.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Finland, 8.6% of adults are unemployed. In Liberia, that number is 2.8%.

make 96.8% less money


Finland has a GDP per capita of $44,300, while in Liberia, the GDP per capita is $1,400.

Life

have 3.6 times more children


In Finland, there are approximately 10.7 babies per 1,000 people. In Liberia, there are 38.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 241.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Finland, approximately 3.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Liberia, 725.0 women do.

be 20.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In Finland, approximately 2.5 children die before they reach the age of one. In Liberia, on the other hand, 52.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 90.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Finland, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Liberia, 10% of the population do.

be 91.7% less likely to have internet access


In Finland, approximately 87.7% of the population has internet access. In Liberia, about 7.3% do.

be 24.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Finland, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Liberia, that number is 76% of people on average (89% in urban areas, and 63% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 61.1% less on education


Finland spends 7.2% of its total GDP on education. Liberia spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 53.7% less coastline


Finland has a total of 1,250 km of coastline. In Liberia, that number is 579 km.

Liberia: At a glance

Liberia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 96,320 sq km. Settlement of freed slaves from the US in what is today Liberia began in 1822; by 1847, the Americo-Liberians were able to establish a republic. William TUBMAN, president from 1944-71, did much to promote foreign investment and to bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendants of the original settlers and the inhabitants of the interior. In 1980, a military coup led by Samuel DOE ushered in a decade of authoritarian rule. In December 1989, Charles TAYLOR launched a rebellion against DOE's regime that led to a prolonged civil war in which DOE was killed. A period of relative peace in 1997 allowed for elections that brought TAYLOR to power, but major fighting resumed in 2000. An August 2003 peace agreement ended the war and prompted the resignation of former president Charles TAYLOR, who faces war crimes charges in The Hague related to his involvement in Sierra Leone's civil war. After two years of rule by a transitional government, democratic elections in late 2005 brought President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF to power. She subsequently won reelection in 2011 in a second round vote that was boycotted by the opposition and remains challenged to build Liberia's economy and reconcile a nation still recovering from 14 years of fighting. The United Nations Security Council in September 2012 passed Resolution 2066 which calls for a reduction of UN troops in Liberia by half by 2015, bringing the troop total down to fewer than 4000, and challenging Liberia's security sector to fill the gaps.

How big is Liberia compared to Finland? 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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