Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 35.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Ethiopia, that number is 0.9% of people.

live 4.0 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Ethiopia, that number is 63 years (60 years for men, 65 years for women).

be 48.3% less likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Ethiopia, that number is 4.5% of people.

Economy

make 37.5% more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Ethiopia, the GDP per capita is $2,200.

be 57.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Ethiopia, however, that number is 29.6%.

be 92.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Ethiopia, that number is 17.5%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes


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

Life

be 74.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Ethiopia, 353.0 women do.

be 27.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ethiopia, on the other hand, 49.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 4.8 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 Ethiopia, that number is 24% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas).

be 30.5% more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Ethiopia, about 15.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 55.9% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ethiopia, that number is 4.9% of GDP.

spend 55.2% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Ethiopia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

Ethiopia: At a glance

Ethiopia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,000,000 sq km. Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of a short-lived Italian occupation from 1936-41. In 1974, a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, the regime was finally toppled in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea late in the 1990s ended with a peace treaty in December 2000. In November 2007, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission (EEBC) issued specific coordinates as virtually demarcating the border and pronounced its work finished. Alleging that the EEBC acted beyond its mandate in issuing the coordinates, Ethiopia has not accepted them and has not withdrawn troops from previously contested areas pronounced by the EEBC as belonging to Eritrea. In August 2012, longtime leader Prime Minister MELES Zenawi died in office and was replaced by his Deputy Prime Minister HAILEMARIAM Desalegn, marking the first peaceful transition of power in decades.

How big is Ethiopia 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, Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority.

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