Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 22.4 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Finland, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 2.6 times more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Finland, that number is 22.2% of people.

Economy

make 27.7 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Finland, the GDP per capita is $44,300.

spend 72.0% more on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Finland, the top tax rate is 51.6%.

Life

be 99.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Finland, 3.0 women do.

be 96.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Finland, on the other hand, 2.5 children do.

have 70.5% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Finland, there are 10.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 20.0 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Sierra Leone, 5% of the population has electricity access. In Finland, 100% of the population do.

be 7.4 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Finland, about 87.7% do.

be 59.7% 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 Finland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 12.6% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Finland, that number is 9.7% of GDP.

spend 2.5 times more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Finland spends 7.2% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 3.1 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Finland, that number is 1,250 km.

Finland: At a glance

Finland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 303,815 sq km. Finland was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries, and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809. It gained complete independence in 1917. During World War II, it successfully defended its independence through cooperation with Germany and resisted subsequent invasions by the Soviet Union - albeit with some loss of territory. In the subsequent half century, Finland transformed from a farm/forest economy to a diversified modern industrial economy; per capita income is among the highest in Western Europe. A member of the European Union since 1995, Finland was the only Nordic state to join the euro single currency at its initiation in January 1999. In the 21st century, the key features of Finland's modern welfare state are high quality education, promotion of equality, and a national social welfare system - currently challenged by an aging population and the fluctuations of an export-driven economy.

How big is Finland compared to Sierra Leone? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Finnish Tax Administration, The World Factbook, National Revenue Authority.

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