Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in New Caledonia instead of Sierra Leone, you would:

Health

live 19.3 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In New Caledonia, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

make 19.4 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in New Caledonia, the GDP per capita is $31,100.

be 75.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In New Caledonia, however, that number is 17.0%.

be 61.5% more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In New Caledonia, that number is 14.7%.

Life

be 2.0 times more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In New Caledonia, it is 96.9%.

be 92.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In New Caledonia, on the other hand, 5.2 children do.

have 58.7% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In New Caledonia, there are 15.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 11.8 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 New Caledonia, that number is 59% of people on average (68% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 6.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In New Caledonia, about 74.0% do.

be 57.3% 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 New Caledonia, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Geography

see 5.6 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In New Caledonia, that number is 2,254 km.

New Caledonia: At a glance

New Caledonia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 18,275 sq km. Settled by both Britain and France during the first half of the 19th century, the island became a French possession in 1853. It served as a penal colony for four decades after 1864. Agitation for independence during the 1980s and early 1990s ended in the 1998 Noumea Accord, which over a period of 15 to 20 years will transfer an increasing amount of governing responsibility from France to New Caledonia. The agreement also commits France to conduct a referendum between 2014 and 2018 to decide whether New Caledonia should assume full sovereignty and independence.

How big is New Caledonia 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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