Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Burkina Faso instead of Sierra Leone, you would:

Health

be 42.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Burkina Faso, that number is 0.8% of people.

be 35.6% less likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.6% of people.

live 2.7 years less


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Burkina Faso, that number is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women).

Economy

make 18.8% more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900.

be 42.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Burkina Faso, however, that number is 40.1%.

be 8.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0%.

Life

be 72.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Burkina Faso, 371.0 women do.

have 13.5% more children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Burkina Faso, there are 41.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 25.2% less likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Burkina Faso, it is 36.0%.

Basic Needs

be 3.4 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 Burkina Faso, that number is 17% of people on average (56% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 18.6% more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Burkina Faso, about 14.0% do.

be 31.5% 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 Burkina Faso, that number is 82% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 55.0% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

spend 44.8% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of total GDP on education.

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

How big is Burkina Faso 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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