Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sierra Leone instead of Hong Kong, you would:

Health

live 23.4 years less


In Hong Kong, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 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 97.5% less money


Hong Kong has a GDP per capita of $64,500 as of 2018, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600 as of 2017.

be 4.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Hong Kong, 3.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Sierra Leone, that number is 15.0% as of 2017.

be 3.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Hong Kong, 19.9% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Sierra Leone, however, that number is 70.2% as of 2004.

pay a 100.0% higher top tax rate


Hong Kong has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In Sierra Leone, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2014.

Life

have 4.2 times more children


In Hong Kong, there are approximately 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Sierra Leone, there are 35.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 23.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Hong Kong, approximately 2.7 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 80.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Hong Kong, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Sierra Leone, 20% of the population do as of 2017.

be 89.9% less likely to have internet access


In Hong Kong, approximately 89.4% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Sierra Leone, about 9.0% do as of 2018.

be 30.2% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Hong Kong, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Sierra Leone, 70% of people do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 39.4% more on education


Hong Kong spends 3.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Sierra Leone spends 4.6% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 45.2% less coastline


Hong Kong has a total of 733 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 Hong Kong? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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