Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 11.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Sierra Leone, that number is 1.5% of people as of 2018.

be 20.2% less likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Sierra Leone, that number is 8.7% of people as of 2016.

live 8.4 years less


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Sierra Leone, that number is 60 years (57 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 66.0% less money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600 as of 2017.

be 26.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Sierra Leone, that number is 15.0% as of 2017.

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Sierra Leone, however, that number is 70.2% as of 2004.

pay a 20.0% higher top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Sierra Leone, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2014.

Life

have 19.6% more children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Sierra Leone, there are 35.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Sierra Leone, 1120.0 women do as of 2017.

be 43.6% less likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Sierra Leone, it is 43.2% as of 2018.

be 98.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 63.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 74.8% less likely to have access to electricity


In Ghana, approximately 79% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Sierra Leone, that number is 20% of people on average (19% in urban areas, and 20% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 76.9% less likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Sierra Leone, about 9.0% do as of 2018.

be 22.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ghana, approximately 90% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Sierra Leone, that number is 70% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 27.8% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Sierra Leone spends 4.6% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 25.4% less coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 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 Ghana? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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