Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 92.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Norway, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 23.3 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Norway, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 2.7 times more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Norway, that number is 23.1% of people.

Economy

make 44.9 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Norway, the GDP per capita is $71,800.

be 56.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Norway, that number is 4.0%.

spend 28.4% more on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Norway, the top tax rate is 38.5%.

Life

be 99.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Norway, 5.0 women do.

be 96.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Norway, on the other hand, 2.5 children do.

have 66.4% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Norway, there are 12.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 20.0 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Sierra Leone, 5% of the population has electricity access. In Norway, 100% of the population do.

be 8.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Norway, about 97.3% do.

be 59.7% 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 Norway, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 12.6% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Norway, that number is 9.7% of GDP.

spend 2.7 times more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Norway spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 62.6 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Norway, that number is 25,148 km.

Norway: At a glance

Norway is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,282 sq km. Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.

How big is Norway 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, Norwegian Tax Administration, National Revenue Authority.

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