Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.4 years longer


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

be 11.5% less likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Guinea, that number is 7.7% of people.

Economy

make 25.0% more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Guinea, the GDP per capita is $2,000.

be 69.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Guinea, that number is 2.8%.

be 33.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Guinea, however, that number is 47.0%.

spend 33.3% more on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Guinea, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

Life

be 50.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guinea, 679.0 women do.

be 26.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guinea, on the other hand, 50.0 children do.

be 36.8% less likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Guinea, it is 30.4%.

Basic Needs

be 5.2 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 Guinea, that number is 26% of people on average (53% in urban areas, and 11% in rural areas).

be 22.7% 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 Guinea, that number is 77% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

be 16.9% less likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Guinea, about 9.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 17.2% less on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Guinea spends 2.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 49.5% less on healthcare


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

Geography

see 20.4% less coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Guinea, that number is 320 km.

Guinea: At a glance

Guinea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 245,717 sq km. Guinea is at a turning point after decades of authoritarian rule since gaining its independence from France in 1958. Guinea held its first free and competitive democratic presidential and legislative elections in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Alpha CONDE was elected to a five year term as president in 2010, and the National Assembly was seated in January 2014. CONDE's cabinet is the first all-civilian government in Guinea. Previously, Sekou TOURE ruled the country as president from independence to his death in 1984. Lansana CONTE came to power in 1984 when the military seized the government after TOURE's death. Gen. CONTE organized and won presidential elections in 1993, 1998, and 2003, though all the polls were rigged. Upon CONTE's death in December 2008, Capt. Moussa Dadis CAMARA led a military coup, seizing power and suspending the constitution. His unwillingness to yield to domestic and international pressure to step down led to heightened political tensions that culminated in September 2009 when presidential guards opened fire on an opposition rally killing more than 150 people, and in early December 2009 when CAMARA was wounded in an assassination attempt and exiled to Burkina Faso. A transitional government led by Gen. Sekouba KONATE paved the way for Guinea's transition to a fledgling democracy.

How big is Guinea 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, Ministry of Economy and Finance, National Revenue Authority.

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