Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 2.6 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Cameroon, that number is 3.7% of people.

be 31.0% more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Cameroon, that number is 11.4% of people.

Economy

make 2.3 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Cameroon, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

be 52.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Cameroon, that number is 4.3%.

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


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

spend 16.7% more on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Cameroon, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 56.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Cameroon, 596.0 women do.

be 25.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cameroon, on the other hand, 51.0 children do.

be 55.9% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Cameroon, it is 75.0%.

Basic Needs

be 11.0 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 Cameroon, that number is 55% of people on average (88% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas).

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Cameroon, about 25.0% do.

be 20.8% 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 Cameroon, that number is 76% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 63.1% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cameroon, that number is 4.1% of GDP.

Cameroon: At a glance

Cameroon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 472,710 sq km. French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

How big is Cameroon 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, Ministry of Finance, National Revenue Authority.

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