Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.1 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Malawi, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

be 33.3% less likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Malawi, that number is 5.8% of people.

be 6.9 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Malawi, that number is 9.6% of people.

Economy

be 27.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Malawi, however, that number is 50.7%.

make 25.0% less money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Malawi, that number is 20.4%.

Life

be 53.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Malawi, 634.0 women do.

be 29.1% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Malawi, it is 62.1%.

be 36.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malawi, on the other hand, 43.4 children do.

have 12.9% more children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Malawi, there are 41.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 80.0% 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 Malawi, that number is 9% of people on average (32% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 44.1% 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 Malawi, that number is 90% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 89% in rural areas).

be 18.6% less likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Malawi, about 9.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 62.1% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Malawi spends 4.7% of total GDP on education.

Malawi: At a glance

Malawi is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 94,080 sq km. Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009. He oversaw some economic improvement in his first term, but was accused of economic mismanagement and poor governance in his second term. He died abruptly in April 2012 and was succeeded by his vice president, Joyce BANDA, who had earlier started her own party, the People's Party (PP). Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.

How big is Malawi 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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