Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Cabo Verde instead of Sierra Leone, you would:

Health

be 57.1% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Cabo Verde, that number is 0.6% of people.

live 13.8 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Cabo Verde, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 35.6% more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Cabo Verde, that number is 11.8% of people.

Economy

make 4.3 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Cabo Verde, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

be 57.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Cabo Verde, however, that number is 30.0%.

Life

be 96.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Cabo Verde, 42.0 women do.

be 68.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cabo Verde, on the other hand, 21.9 children do.

be 80.5% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Cabo Verde, it is 86.8%.

have 44.9% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Cabo Verde, there are 20.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.1 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 Cabo Verde, that number is 71% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas).

be 4.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Cabo Verde, about 48.2% do.

be 46.5% 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 Cabo Verde, that number is 92% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 56.8% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cabo Verde, that number is 4.8% of GDP.

spend 86.2% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Cabo Verde spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 2.4 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Cabo Verde, that number is 965 km.

Cabo Verde: At a glance

Cabo Verde is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 4,033 sq km. The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cabo Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cabo Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cabo Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cabo Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents.

How big is Cabo Verde 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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