Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.7 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Liberia, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

be 13.8% more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Liberia, that number is 9.9% of people.

Economy

be 69.2% less likely to be unemployed


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

be 22.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Liberia, however, that number is 54.1%.

make 12.5% less money


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

Life

be 46.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Liberia, 725.0 women do.

be 23.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Liberia, on the other hand, 52.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 100.0% 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 Liberia, that number is 10% of people on average (17% in urban areas, and 3% in rural areas).

be 20.8% 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 Liberia, that number is 76% of people on average (89% in urban areas, and 63% in rural areas).

be 38.1% less likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Liberia, about 7.3% do.

Geography

see 44.0% more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Liberia, that number is 579 km.

Liberia: At a glance

Liberia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 96,320 sq km. Settlement of freed slaves from the US in what is today Liberia began in 1822; by 1847, the Americo-Liberians were able to establish a republic. William TUBMAN, president from 1944-71, did much to promote foreign investment and to bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendants of the original settlers and the inhabitants of the interior. In 1980, a military coup led by Samuel DOE ushered in a decade of authoritarian rule. In December 1989, Charles TAYLOR launched a rebellion against DOE's regime that led to a prolonged civil war in which DOE was killed. A period of relative peace in 1997 allowed for elections that brought TAYLOR to power, but major fighting resumed in 2000. An August 2003 peace agreement ended the war and prompted the resignation of former president Charles TAYLOR, who faces war crimes charges in The Hague related to his involvement in Sierra Leone's civil war. After two years of rule by a transitional government, democratic elections in late 2005 brought President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF to power. She subsequently won reelection in 2011 in a second round vote that was boycotted by the opposition and remains challenged to build Liberia's economy and reconcile a nation still recovering from 14 years of fighting. The United Nations Security Council in September 2012 passed Resolution 2066 which calls for a reduction of UN troops in Liberia by half by 2015, bringing the troop total down to fewer than 4000, and challenging Liberia's security sector to fill the gaps.

How big is Liberia 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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