Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sao Tome and Principe instead of Sierra Leone, you would:

Health

live 6.7 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 65 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women).

be 42.5% more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.4% of people.

Economy

make 100.0% more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Sao Tome and Principe, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 34.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.2%.

Life

be 88.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Sao Tome and Principe, 156.0 women do.

be 33.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sao Tome and Principe, on the other hand, 45.3 children do.

be 55.7% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Sao Tome and Principe, it is 74.9%.

have 10.7% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Sao Tome and Principe, there are 32.4 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 Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 59% of people on average (70% in urban areas, and 40% in rural areas).

be 2.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Sao Tome and Principe, about 25.8% do.

be 55.1% 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 Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 97% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 24.3% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 8.4% of GDP.

spend 27.6% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Sao Tome and Principe spends 3.7% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 48.0% less coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 209 km.

Sao Tome and Principe: At a glance

Sao Tome and Principe is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 964 sq km. Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands' sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century - all grown with African plantation slave labor, a form of which lingered into the 20th century. While independence was achieved in 1975, democratic reforms were not instituted until the late 1980s. The country held its first free elections in 1991, but frequent internal wrangling between the various political parties precipitated repeated changes in leadership and two failed coup attempts in 1995 and 2003. In 2012, three opposition parties combined in a no confidence vote to bring down the majority government of former Prime Minister Patrice TROVOADA. The new government of Prime Minister Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira DA COSTA is entirely composed of opposition party members with limited experience in governance. New oil discoveries in the Gulf of Guinea may attract increased attention to the small island nation.

How big is Sao Tome and Principe 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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