Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.4 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Namibia, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women).

be 8.6 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Namibia, that number is 12.1% of people.

be 97.7% more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Namibia, that number is 17.2% of people.

Economy

make 7.1 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Namibia, the GDP per capita is $11,300.

be 59.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Namibia, however, that number is 28.7%.

be 3.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Namibia, that number is 34.0%.

spend 23.3% more on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Namibia, the top tax rate is 37.0%.

Life

be 80.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Namibia, 265.0 women do.

be 48.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Namibia, on the other hand, 35.1 children do.

be 70.3% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Namibia, it is 81.9%.

have 24.8% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Namibia, there are 27.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 6.4 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 Namibia, that number is 32% of people on average (50% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas).

be 2.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Namibia, about 31.0% do.

be 45.4% 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 Namibia, that number is 91% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 85% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 19.8% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Namibia, that number is 8.9% of GDP.

spend 2.9 times more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Namibia spends 8.3% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 3.9 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Namibia, that number is 1,572 km.

Namibia: At a glance

Namibia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 823,290 sq km. South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. POHAMBA was reelected in November 2009.

How big is Namibia 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, National Revenue Authority, Inland Revenue Department.

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