Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Pakistan 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 Pakistan, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 9.5 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Pakistan, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

make 3.4 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Pakistan, the GDP per capita is $5,400.

be 34.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Pakistan, that number is 6.0%.

spend 33.3% less on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Pakistan, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

Life

be 86.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Pakistan, 178.0 women do.

be 23.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Pakistan, on the other hand, 52.1 children do.

be 20.4% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Pakistan, it is 57.9%.

have 39.7% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Pakistan, there are 21.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.6 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 Pakistan, that number is 73% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 62% in rural areas).

be 31.4% more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Pakistan, about 15.5% do.

be 46.0% 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 Pakistan, that number is 91% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 90% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 76.6% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Pakistan, that number is 2.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 2.6 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Pakistan, that number is 1,046 km.

Pakistan: At a glance

Pakistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 770,875 sq km. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Aryan peoples. The area underwent successive invasions in subsequent centuries from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks. The Mughal Empire flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; the British came to dominate the region in the 18th century. The separation in 1947 of British India into the Muslim state of Pakistan (with West and East sections) and largely Hindu India was never satisfactorily resolved, and India and Pakistan fought two wars - in 1947-48 and 1965 - over the disputed Kashmir territory. A third war between these countries in 1971 - in which India capitalized on Islamabad's marginalization of Bengalis in Pakistani politics - resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. In response to Indian nuclear weapons testing, Pakistan conducted its own tests in 1998. India-Pakistan relations have been rocky since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, but both countries are taking small steps to put relations back on track. In February 2008, Pakistan held parliamentary elections and in September 2008, after the resignation of former President MUSHARRAF, elected Asif Ali ZARDARI to the presidency. Pakistani government and military leaders are struggling to control domestic insurgents, many of whom are located in the tribal areas adjacent to the border with Afghanistan.

How big is Pakistan 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, Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan, National Revenue Authority.

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