Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 88.4% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Namibia, 12.1% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Sierra Leone, that number is 1.4% of people.

be 49.4% less likely to be obese

In Namibia, 17.2% of adults are obese. In Sierra Leone, that number is 8.7% of people.

live 5.4 years less

In Namibia, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women). In Sierra Leone, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women).


be 73.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Namibia, 34.0% of adults are unemployed. In Sierra Leone, that number is 9.1%.

spend 18.9% less on taxes

Namibia has a top tax rate of 37.0%. In Sierra Leone, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 85.8% less money

Namibia has a GDP per capita of $11,300, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Namibia, 28.7% live below the poverty line. In Sierra Leone, however, that number is 70.2%.


have 33.0% more children

In Namibia, there are approximately 27.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Sierra Leone, there are 36.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.1 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Namibia, approximately 265.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sierra Leone, 1360.0 women do.

be 41.3% less likely to be literate

In Namibia, the literacy rate is 81.9%. In Sierra Leone, it is 48.1%.

be 94.9% more likely to die during infancy

In Namibia, approximately 35.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 68.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 84.4% less likely to have access to electricity

In Namibia, 32% of people have electricity access (50% 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).

be 61.9% less likely to have internet access

In Namibia, approximately 31.0% of the population has internet access. In Sierra Leone, about 11.8% do.

be 31.2% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Namibia, approximately 91% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 85% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 63% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas).


spend 65.1% less on education

Namibia spends 8.3% of its total GDP on education. Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 24.7% more on healthcare

Namibia spends 8.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sierra Leone, that number is 11.1% of GDP.


see 74.4% less coastline

Namibia has a total of 1,572 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 Namibia? 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.


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