Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 28.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Benin, that number is 1.0% of people.

live 3.7 years longer


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

be 10.3% more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Benin, that number is 9.6% of people.

Economy

make 43.8% more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Benin, the GDP per capita is $2,300.

be 89.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Benin, that number is 1.0%.

be 48.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Benin, however, that number is 36.2%.

Life

be 70.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Benin, 405.0 women do.

be 22.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Benin, on the other hand, 52.8 children do.

be 20.2% less likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Benin, it is 38.4%.

Basic Needs

be 5.8 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Sierra Leone, 5% of people have electricity access (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Benin, that number is 29% of people on average (57% in urban areas, and 9% in rural areas).

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


In Sierra Leone, approximately 63% of people have improved drinking water access (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas). In Benin, that number is 78% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 58.6% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Benin, that number is 4.6% of GDP.

spend 51.7% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Benin spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 69.9% less coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Benin, that number is 121 km.

Benin: At a glance

Benin is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 110,622 sq km. Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that rose to prominence in about 1600 and over the next two and half centuries became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade. Coastal areas of Dahomey began to be controlled by the French in the second half of the 19th century; the entire kingdom was conquered by 1894. French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI, who won a second five-year term in March 2011, has attempted to stem corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

How big is Benin compared to Sierra Leone? 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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