Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Cook Islands instead of Sierra Leone, you would:


live 17.4 years longer

In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Cook Islands, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 6.4 times more likely to be obese

In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Cook Islands, that number is 55.9% of people.


make 10.4 times more money

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

be 44.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Cook Islands, that number is 13.1%.


be 81.0% less likely to die during infancy

In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cook Islands, on the other hand, 13.0 children do.

have 61.4% less children

In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Cook Islands, there are 14.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.6 times more likely to have internet access

In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Cook Islands, about 54.0% do.

be 59.6% 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 Cook Islands, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


spend 69.4% less on healthcare

Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cook Islands, that number is 3.4% of GDP.

spend 62.1% more on education

Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Cook Islands spends 4.7% of total GDP on education.


see 70.1% less coastline

Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Cook Islands, that number is 120 km.

Cook Islands: At a glance

Cook Islands is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 236 sq km. Named after Captain COOK, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965, residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.

How big is Cook Islands 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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