Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 85.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Nicaragua, that number is 0.2% of people.

live 14.9 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Nicaragua, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 2.7 times more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Nicaragua, that number is 23.7% of people.

Economy

make 3.6 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,800.

be 28.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.5%.

be 57.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Nicaragua, however, that number is 29.6%.

Life

be 89.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Nicaragua, 150.0 women do.

be 72.1% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Nicaragua, it is 82.8%.

be 73.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, 18.3 children do.

have 51.2% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Nicaragua, there are 17.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 15.6 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 Nicaragua, that number is 78% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 43% in rural areas).

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Nicaragua, about 24.6% do.

be 39.0% 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 Nicaragua, that number is 87% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 18.9% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Nicaragua, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

spend 55.2% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Nicaragua spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 2.3 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Nicaragua, that number is 910 km.

Nicaragua: At a glance

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

How big is Nicaragua 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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