Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 17.1 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 28.7% less likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

Economy

make 10.4 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 57.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

be 95.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

spend 50.0% more on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 98.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 82.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

be 2.0 times more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In China, it is 96.4%.

have 66.1% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 20.0 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 China, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

be 4.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.

be 52.6% 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 China, that number is 96% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 50.5% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 36.1 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In China, that number is 14,500 km.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

How big is China 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, National Revenue Authority, State Administration of Taxation.

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