Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 92.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Egypt, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 14.4 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Egypt, that number is 73 years (72 years for men, 74 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Egypt, that number is 32.0% of people.

Economy

make 7.9 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Egypt, the GDP per capita is $12,700.

be 60.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Egypt, however, that number is 27.8%.

spend 25.0% less on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Egypt, the top tax rate is 22.5%.

be 30.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Egypt, that number is 11.9%.

Life

be 97.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Egypt, 33.0 women do.

be 72.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Egypt, on the other hand, 19.0 children do.

be 53.4% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Egypt, it is 73.8%.

have 18.5% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Egypt, there are 29.6 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 Egypt, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 3.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Egypt, about 39.2% do.

be 58.8% 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 Egypt, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 49.5% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Egypt, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

spend 31.0% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Egypt spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 6.1 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Egypt, that number is 2,450 km.

Egypt: At a glance

Egypt is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 995,450 sq km. The regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world's great civilizations. A unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C., and a series of dynasties ruled in Egypt for the next three millennia. The last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 341 B.C., who in turn were replaced by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. It was the Arabs who introduced Islam and the Arabic language in the 7th century and who ruled for the next six centuries. A local military caste, the Mamluks took control about 1250 and continued to govern after the conquest of Egypt by the Ottoman Turks in 1517. Completion of the Suez Canal in 1869 elevated Egypt as an important world transportation hub. Ostensibly to protect its investments, Britain seized control of Egypt's government in 1882, but nominal allegiance to the Ottoman Empire continued until 1914. Partially independent from the UK in 1922, Egypt acquired full sovereignty from Britain in 1952. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt. A rapidly growing population (the largest in the Arab world), limited arable land, and dependence on the Nile all continue to overtax resources and stress society. The government has struggled to meet the demands of Egypt's population through economic reform and massive investment in communications and physical infrastructure. Inspired by the 2010 Tunisian revolution, Egyptian opposition groups led demonstrations and labor strikes countrywide, culminating in President Hosni MUBARAK's ouster. Egypt's military assumed national leadership until a new parliament was in place in early 2012; later that same year, Mohammed MORSI won the presidential election. Following often violent protests throughout the spring of 2013 against MORSI's government and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), and massive anti-government demonstrations, the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) intervened and removed MORSI from power in mid-July 2013 and replaced him with interim president Adly MANSOUR. In mid-January 2014, voters approved a new constitution by referendum. Presidential elections to replace MANSOUR are scheduled for late May 2014. According to the constitution and the government's transitional road map, preparations for parliamentary elections will begin by mid-July 2014.

How big is Egypt 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, Egyptian Tax Authority.

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