Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 14.3% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Russia, that number is 1.2% of people.

live 12.4 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Russia, that number is 71 years (65 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 2.7 times more likely to be obese


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

Economy

make 17.4 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Russia, the GDP per capita is $27,800.

be 39.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Russia, that number is 5.5%.

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


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

spend 56.7% less on taxes


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

Life

be 98.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Russia, 25.0 women do.

be 90.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Russia, on the other hand, 6.8 children do.

be 2.1 times more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Russia, it is 99.7%.

have 69.7% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Russia, there are 11.0 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 Russia, 100% of the population do.

be 6.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Russia, about 76.4% do.

be 54.8% 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 Russia, that number is 97% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 91% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 36.0% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Russia, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

spend 31.0% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Russia spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

Geography

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.

How big is Russia compared to Sierra Leone? See an in-depth size comparison.


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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