Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Costa Rica instead of Sierra Leone, you would:

Health

be 71.4% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Costa Rica, that number is 0.4% of people.

live 20.1 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Costa Rica, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 3.0 times more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Costa Rica, that number is 25.7% of people.

Economy

make 10.6 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Costa Rica, the GDP per capita is $16,900.

be 11.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Costa Rica, that number is 8.1%.

be 69.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Costa Rica, however, that number is 21.7%.

spend 50.0% less on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Costa Rica, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

Life

be 98.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Costa Rica, 25.0 women do.

be 88.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Costa Rica, on the other hand, 8.0 children do.

be 2.0 times more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Costa Rica, it is 97.8%.

have 57.3% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Costa Rica, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 19.9 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 Costa Rica, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

be 5.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Costa Rica, about 66.0% do.

be 56.2% 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 Costa Rica, that number is 98% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 16.2% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Costa Rica, that number is 9.3% of GDP.

spend 2.4 times more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Costa Rica spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 3.2 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Costa Rica, that number is 1,290 km.

Costa Rica: At a glance

Costa Rica is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 51,060 sq km. Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids. It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands. The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries. In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. Two years later it joined the United Provinces of Central America, but this federation disintegrated in 1838, at which time Costa Rica proclaimed its sovereignty and independence. Since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred the country's democratic development. In 1949, Costa Rica dissolved its armed forces. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

How big is Costa Rica 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, Directorate General of Taxation of Costa Rica.

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