Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 18.1 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Libya, that number is 77 years (75 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Libya, that number is 32.5% of people.

Economy

make 6.2 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Libya, the GDP per capita is $10,000.

spend 66.7% less on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Libya, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

be 3.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Libya, that number is 30.0%.

Life

be 99.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Libya, 9.0 women do.

be 84.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Libya, on the other hand, 10.8 children do.

be 89.2% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Libya, it is 91.0%.

have 51.8% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Libya, there are 17.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 20.0 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 Libya, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

be 72.0% more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Libya, about 20.3% do.

be 13.1% less 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 Libya, that number is 54% of people on average (54% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 55.0% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Libya, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 4.4 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Libya, that number is 1,770 km.

Libya: At a glance

Libya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,759,540 sq km. The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II. Libya then passed to UN administration and achieved independence in 1951. Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar al-QADHAFI assumed leadership and began to espouse his political system at home, which was a combination of socialism and Islam. During the 1970s, QADHAFI used oil revenues to promote his ideology outside Libya, supporting subversive and terrorist activities that included the downing of two airliners - one over Scotland, another in Northern Africa - and a discotheque bombing in Berlin. UN sanctions in 1992 isolated QADHAFI politically and economically following the attacks; sanctions were lifted in 2003 following Libyan acceptance of responsibility for the bombings and agreement to claimant compensation. QADHAFI also agreed to end Libya's program to develop weapons of mass destruction, and he made significant strides in normalizing relations with Western nations. Unrest that began in several Middle Eastern and North African countries in late 2010 erupted in Libyan cities in early 2011. QADHAFI's brutal crackdown on protesters spawned a civil war that triggered UN authorization of air and naval intervention by the international community. After months of seesaw fighting between government and opposition forces, the QADHAFI regime was toppled in mid-2011 and replaced by a transitional government. Libya in 2012 formed a new parliament and elected a new prime minister.

How big is Libya 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 Finance, National Revenue Authority.

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