Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Hong Kong instead of Sierra Leone, you would:

Health

live 23.4 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 60 years (57 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 40.3 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600 as of 2017, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $64,500 as of 2018.

be 79.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1% as of 2017.

be 71.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line as of 2004. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9% as of 2016.

pay a 50.0% lower top tax rate


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2014. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 95.8% 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 Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do as of 2020.

have 76.3% fewer children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 35.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Hong Kong, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 5.0 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Sierra Leone, approximately 20% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Hong Kong, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 9.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 9.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Hong Kong, about 89.4% do as of 2018.

be 43.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Sierra Leone, approximately 70% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Hong Kong, 100% of people do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 28.3% less on education


Sierra Leone spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Geography

see 82.3% more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Hong Kong, that number is 733 km.

Hong Kong: At a glance

Hong Kong (sometimes abbreviated HK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 1,073 sq km. Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system would not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the subsequent 50 years.

How big is Hong Kong 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, National Revenue Authority, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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