Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mauritania 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 Mauritania, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 4.8 years longer


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

be 46.0% more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Mauritania, that number is 12.7% of people.

Economy

make 2.8 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,400.

be 55.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Mauritania, however, that number is 31.0%.

be 28.6% more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Mauritania, that number is 11.7%.

spend 33.3% more on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Mauritania, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

Life

be 55.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mauritania, 602.0 women do.

be 24.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mauritania, on the other hand, 51.9 children do.

have 16.3% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritania, there are 30.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.6 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 Mauritania, that number is 28% of people on average (47% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas).

be 52.5% more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Mauritania, about 18.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 10.3% less on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Mauritania spends 2.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 65.8% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mauritania, that number is 3.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 87.6% more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Mauritania, that number is 754 km.

Mauritania: At a glance

Mauritania is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,030,700 sq km. Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976 but relinquished it after three years of raids by the Polisario guerrilla front seeking independence for the territory. Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA seized power in a coup in 1984 and ruled Mauritania with a heavy hand for more than two decades. A series of presidential elections that he held were widely seen as flawed. A bloodless coup in August 2005 deposed President TAYA and ushered in a military council that oversaw a transition to democratic rule. Independent candidate Sidi Ould Cheikh ABDALLAHI was inaugurated in April 2007 as Mauritania's first freely and fairly elected president. His term ended prematurely in August 2008 when a military junta led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ deposed him and installed a military council government. AZIZ was subsequently elected president in July 2009 and sworn in the following month. AZIZ sustained injuries from an accidental shooting by his own troops in October 2012 but has continued to maintain his authority. The country continues to experience ethnic tensions among its black population (Afro-Mauritanians) and white and black Moor (Arab-Berber) communities, and confronts a terrorism threat by al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

How big is Mauritania 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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