Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 24.4 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women).

Economy

make 38.4 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 65.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1%.

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


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

spend 50.0% less on taxes


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

Life

be 96.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do.

have 75.5% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Hong Kong, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 20.0 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Sierra Leone, 5% of the population has electricity access. In Hong Kong, 100% of the population do.

be 7.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Hong Kong, about 85.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 13.8% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education.

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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