Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 20.0% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Sierra Leone, 1.5% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Russia, that number is 1.2% of people as of 2017.

live 12.1 years longer

In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 60 years (57 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In Russia, that number is 72 years (66 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.7 times more likely to be obese

In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Russia, that number is 23.1% of people as of 2016.


make 17.4 times more money

Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600 as of 2017, while in Russia, the GDP per capita is $27,900 as of 2017.

be 65.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Sierra Leone, 15.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Russia, that number is 5.2% as of 2017.

be 81.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line as of 2004. In Russia, however, that number is 13.3% as of 2015.

pay a 56.7% lower top tax rate

Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2014. In Russia, the top tax rate is 13.0% as of 2016.


be 98.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Sierra Leone, approximately 1120.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Russia, 17.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.3 times more likely to be literate

In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 43.2% as of 2018. In Russia, it is 99.7% as of 2018.

be 89.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Sierra Leone, approximately 63.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Russia, on the other hand, 6.5 children do as of 2020.

have 71.8% fewer children

In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 35.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Russia, there are 10.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 5.0 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Sierra Leone, approximately 20% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Russia, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 9.0 times more likely to have internet access

In Sierra Leone, approximately 9.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Russia, about 80.9% do as of 2018.

be 39.1% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Sierra Leone, approximately 70% of people have improved drinking water access (90% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Russia, that number is 97% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas) as of 2017.


spend 19.6% less on education

Sierra Leone spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Russia spends 3.7% of total GDP on education as of 2016.


see 93.7 times more coastline

Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Russia, that number is 37,653 km.

Russia: At a glance

Russia is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 16,377,742 sq km. Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new ROMANOV Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state in which the leadership seeks to legitimize its rule through managed national elections, populist appeals by President PUTIN, and continued economic growth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Federal Tax Service of Russia, The World Factbook, National Revenue Authority.


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