Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 71.4% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Senegal, that number is 0.4% of people.

live 3.5 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Senegal, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

make 68.8% more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Senegal, the GDP per capita is $2,700.

be 33.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Senegal, however, that number is 46.7%.

be 5.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Senegal, that number is 48.0%.

spend 33.3% more on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Senegal, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

Life

be 76.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Senegal, 315.0 women do.

be 20.0% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Senegal, it is 57.7%.

be 28.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Senegal, on the other hand, 49.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 11.0 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 Senegal, that number is 55% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 28% 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 Senegal, about 25.7% do.

be 25.4% 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 Senegal, that number is 78% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 57.7% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Senegal, that number is 4.7% of GDP.

spend 2.4 times more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Senegal spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 32.1% more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Senegal, that number is 531 km.

Senegal: At a glance

Senegal is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 192,530 sq km. The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until Abdoulaye WADE was elected president in 2000. He was reelected in 2007 and during his two terms amended Senegal's constitution over a dozen times to increase executive power and to weaken the opposition. His decision to run for a third presidential term sparked a large public backlash that led to his defeat in a March 2012 runoff election with Macky SALL.

How big is Senegal 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, Direction Generale des Impots et des Domaines, National Revenue Authority.

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