Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 14.3% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Mali, that number is 1.2% of people.

live 1.7 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Mali, that number is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women).

Economy

make 37.5% more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Mali, the GDP per capita is $2,200.

be 11.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Mali, that number is 8.1%.

be 48.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Mali, however, that number is 36.1%.

Life

be 56.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Mali, 587.0 women do.

be 31.2% less likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Mali, it is 33.1%.

have 20.9% more children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Mali, there are 43.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.2 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 Mali, that number is 26% of people on average (53% in urban areas, and 9% in rural areas).

be 23.0% 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 Mali, that number is 77% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 64% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 37.8% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mali, that number is 6.9% of GDP.

spend 31.0% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Mali spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

Mali: At a glance

Mali is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,220,190 sq km. The Sudanese Republic and Senegal became independent of France in 1960 as the Mali Federation. When Senegal withdrew after only a few months, what formerly made up the Sudanese Republic was renamed Mali. Rule by dictatorship was brought to a close in 1991 by a military coup that ushered in a period of democratic rule. President Alpha KONARE won Mali's first two democratic presidential elections in 1992 and 1997. In keeping with Mali's two-term constitutional limit, he stepped down in 2002 and was succeeded by Amadou Toumani TOURE, who was elected to a second term in 2007 elections that were widely judged to be free and fair. Malian returnees from Libya in 2011 exacerbated tensions in northern Mali, and Tuareg ethnic militias started a rebellion in January 2012. Low- and mid-level soldiers, frustrated with the poor handling of the rebellion overthrew TOURE on 22 March. Intensive mediation efforts led by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) returned power to a civilian administration in April with the appointment of interim President Dioncounda TRAORE. The post-coup chaos led to rebels expelling the Malian military from the three northern regions of the country and allowed Islamic militants to set up strongholds. Hundreds of thousands of northern Malians fled the violence to southern Mali and neighboring countries, exacerbating regional food insecurity in host communities. An international military intervention to retake the three northern regions began in January 2013 and within a month most of the north had been retaken. In a democratic presidential election conducted in July and August of 2013, Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA was elected president in the second round.

How big is Mali 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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