Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 14.8 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Palau, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 6.4 times more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people.

Economy

make 10.1 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $16,200.

be 81.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Palau, that number is 1.7%.

Life

be 84.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Palau, on the other hand, 10.6 children do.

be 2.0 times more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Palau, it is 96.6%.

have 68.9% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Palau, there are 11.3 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 Palau, that number is 59% of people on average (62% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 3.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Palau, about 36.0% do.

be 52.2% 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 Palau, that number is 95% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 18.9% less on healthcare


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

Geography

see 3.8 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Palau, that number is 1,519 km.

Palau: At a glance

Palau is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 459 sq km. After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986 but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence.

How big is Palau 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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