Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 5.6 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Haiti, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women).

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


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Haiti, that number is 1.9% of people.

be 2.6 times more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Haiti, that number is 22.7% of people.

Economy

make 12.5% more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Haiti, the GDP per capita is $1,800.

be 16.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Haiti, however, that number is 58.5%.

be 4.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Haiti, that number is 40.6%.

Life

be 73.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Haiti, 359.0 women do.

be 31.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Haiti, on the other hand, 46.8 children do.

be 26.2% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Haiti, it is 60.7%.

have 36.6% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Haiti, there are 23.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 7.6 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 Haiti, that number is 38% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 15% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 31.5% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Haiti, that number is 7.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 4.4 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Haiti, that number is 1,771 km.

Haiti: At a glance

Haiti is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 27,560 sq km. The native Taino - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola. In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint L'OUVERTURE. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world, declaring its independence in 1804. Currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has experienced political instability for most of its history. After an armed rebellion led to the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE in February 2004, an interim government took office to organize new elections under the auspices of the United Nations. Continued instability and technical delays prompted repeated postponements, but Haiti inaugurated a democratically elected president and parliament in May of 2006. This was followed by contested elections in 2010 that resulted in the election of Haiti's current President, Michel MARTELLY. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 25 km (15 mi) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Estimates are that over 300,000 people were killed and some 1.5 million left homeless. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years.

How big is Haiti 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.

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