Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.4 years less

In Guinea, the average life expectancy is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women). In Sierra Leone, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women).

be 13.0% more likely to be obese

In Guinea, 7.7% of adults are obese. In Sierra Leone, that number is 8.7% of people.


spend 25.0% less on taxes

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

make 20.0% less money

Guinea has a GDP per capita of $2,000, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

be 3.2 times more likely to be unemployed

In Guinea, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Sierra Leone, that number is 9.1%.

be 49.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Guinea, 47.0% live below the poverty line. In Sierra Leone, however, that number is 70.2%.


be 58.2% more likely to be literate

In Guinea, the literacy rate is 30.4%. In Sierra Leone, it is 48.1%.

be 2.0 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Guinea, approximately 679.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sierra Leone, 1360.0 women do.

be 36.8% more likely to die during infancy

In Guinea, approximately 50.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 68.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 20.4% more likely to have internet access

In Guinea, approximately 9.8% of the population has internet access. In Sierra Leone, about 11.8% do.

be 80.8% less likely to have access to electricity

In Guinea, 26% of people have electricity access (53% in urban areas, and 11% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 5% of people on average (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 18.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Guinea, approximately 77% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 63% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas).


spend 20.8% more on education

Guinea spends 2.4% of its total GDP on education. Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 98.2% more on healthcare

Guinea spends 5.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sierra Leone, that number is 11.1% of GDP.


see 25.6% more coastline

Guinea has a total of 320 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 Guinea? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Economy and Finance, National Revenue Authority.


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