Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.4 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 60 years (57 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In Guinea, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020.

be 11.5% less likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Guinea, that number is 7.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 37.5% more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600 as of 2017, while in Guinea, the GDP per capita is $2,200 as of 2017.

be 82.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Guinea, that number is 2.7% as of 2017.

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


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line as of 2004. In Guinea, however, that number is 47.0% as of 2006.

pay a 33.3% higher top tax rate


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2014. In Guinea, the top tax rate is 40.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 48.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1120.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Guinea, 576.0 women do as of 2017.

be 17.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 63.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Guinea, on the other hand, 52.4 children do as of 2020.

be 29.6% less likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 43.2% as of 2018. In Guinea, it is 30.4% as of 2015.

Basic Needs

be 67.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In Sierra Leone, approximately 20% of people have electricity access (19% in urban areas, and 20% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Guinea, that number is 34% of people on average (82% in urban areas, and 7% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 100.0% more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 9.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Guinea, about 18.0% do as of 2018.

be 14.5% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Sierra Leone, approximately 70% of people have improved drinking water access (90% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Guinea, that number is 80% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 70% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 52.2% less on education


Sierra Leone spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Guinea spends 2.2% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

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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