Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 19.2 years longer


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

be 2.7 times more likely to be obese


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

Economy

make 18.4 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Poland, the GDP per capita is $29,500.

be 47.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Poland, that number is 4.8%.

be 74.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Poland, however, that number is 17.6%.

Life

be 99.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Poland, 3.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Poland, it is 99.8%.

be 93.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Poland, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

have 73.8% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Poland, there are 9.5 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 Poland, 100% of the population do.

be 6.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Poland, about 73.3% do.

be 57.0% 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 Poland, that number is 98% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 42.3% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Poland, that number is 6.4% of GDP.

spend 69.0% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Poland spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

Poland: At a glance

Poland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,255 sq km. Poland's history as a state begins near the middle of the 10th century. By the mid-16th century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ruled a vast tract of land in central and eastern Europe. During the 18th century, internal disorders weakened the nation, and in a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland among themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force with over ten million members. Free elections in 1989 and 1990 won Solidarity control of the parliament and the presidency, bringing the communist era to a close. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed and with large investments in defense, energy, and other infrastructure, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.

How big is Poland 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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