Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 78.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Madagascar, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 7.7 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Madagascar, that number is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women).

be 39.1% less likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Madagascar, that number is 5.3% of people.

Economy

be 76.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Madagascar, that number is 2.1%.

spend 33.3% less on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Madagascar, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

Life

be 74.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Madagascar, 353.0 women do.

be 39.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Madagascar, on the other hand, 41.2 children do.

be 34.5% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Madagascar, it is 64.7%.

have 12.9% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Madagascar, there are 31.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.0 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 Madagascar, that number is 15% of people on average (37% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 60.2% less likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Madagascar, about 4.7% do.

be 17.7% 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 Madagascar, that number is 52% of people on average (82% in urban areas, and 35% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 27.6% less on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Madagascar spends 2.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 73.0% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Madagascar, that number is 3.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 12.0 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Madagascar, that number is 4,828 km.

Madagascar: At a glance

Madagascar is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 581,540 sq km. Formerly an independent kingdom, Madagascar became a French colony in 1896 but regained independence in 1960. During 1992-93, free presidential and National Assembly elections were held ending 17 years of single-party rule. In 1997, in the second presidential race, Didier RATSIRAKA, the leader during the 1970s and 1980s, was returned to the presidency. The 2001 presidential election was contested between the followers of Didier RATSIRAKA and Marc RAVALOMANANA, nearly causing secession of half of the country. In April 2002, the High Constitutional Court announced RAVALOMANANA the winner. RAVALOMANANA achieved a second term following a landslide victory in the generally free and fair presidential elections of 2006. In early 2009, protests over increasing restrictions on opposition press and activities resulted in RAVALOMANANA handing over power to the military, which then conferred the presidency on the mayor of Antananarivo, Andry RAJOELINA, in what amounted to a coup d'etat. Following a lengthy mediation process led by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Madagascar held UN-supported presidential and parliamentary elections in 2013. Former de facto finance minister Hery RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA defeated RAVALOMANANA's favored candidate Jean-Louis ROBINSON in a presidential runoff and was inaugurated in January 2014. Most international observers, while noting some irregularities, declared polls to be a credible reflection of the Malagasy public's will.

How big is Madagascar 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, General Direction of Taxes, National Revenue Authority.

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