Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 3.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Gabon, that number is 4.2% of people.

live 6.5 years less


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Gabon, that number is 52 years (52 years for men, 52 years for women).

be 72.4% more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Gabon, that number is 15.0% of people.

Economy

make 12.0 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Gabon, the GDP per capita is $19,200.

be 51.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Gabon, however, that number is 34.3%.

be 3.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Gabon, that number is 28.0%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes


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

Life

be 78.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Gabon, 291.0 women do.

be 35.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Gabon, on the other hand, 44.1 children do.

be 73.0% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Gabon, it is 83.2%.

Basic Needs

be 17.8 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 Gabon, that number is 89% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 38% in rural areas).

be 4.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Gabon, about 48.1% do.

be 48.9% 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 Gabon, that number is 93% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 69.4% less on healthcare


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

Geography

see 2.2 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Gabon, that number is 885 km.

Gabon: At a glance

Gabon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 257,667 sq km. El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - dominated the country's political scene for four decades (1967-2009) following independence from France in 1960. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in December 2002 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Following President BONGO's death in 2009, new elections brought Ali BONGO Ondimba, son of the former president, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon's small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries.

How big is Gabon 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, General Direction of Taxes, National Revenue Authority.

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