Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sri Lanka instead of Sierra Leone, you would:

Health

be 92.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Sri Lanka, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 18.3 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Sri Lanka, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 40.2% less likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Sri Lanka, that number is 5.2% of people.

Economy

make 8.0 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Sri Lanka, the GDP per capita is $12,800.

be 50.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Sri Lanka, that number is 4.5%.

be 90.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Sri Lanka, however, that number is 6.7%.

spend 50.0% less on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Sri Lanka, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

Life

be 97.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Sri Lanka, 30.0 women do.

be 87.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sri Lanka, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

be 92.5% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Sri Lanka, it is 92.6%.

have 58.1% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Sri Lanka, there are 15.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 18.8 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 Sri Lanka, that number is 94% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

be 2.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Sri Lanka, about 32.1% do.

be 52.7% 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 Sri Lanka, that number is 96% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 95% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 68.5% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sri Lanka, that number is 3.5% of GDP.

spend 20.7% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Sri Lanka spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 3.3 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Sri Lanka, that number is 1,340 km.

Sri Lanka: At a glance

Sri Lanka is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 64,630 sq km. The first Sinhalese arrived in Sri Lanka late in the 6th century B.C., probably from northern India. Buddhism was introduced in about the mid-third century B.C., and a great civilization developed at the cities of Anuradhapura (kingdom from circa 200 B.C. to circa A.D. 1000) and Polonnaruwa (from about 1070 to 1200). In the 14th century, a south Indian dynasty established a Tamil kingdom in northern Sri Lanka. The coastal areas of the island were controlled by the Portuguese in the 16th century and by the Dutch in the 17th century. The island was ceded to the British in 1796, became a crown colony in 1802, and was formally united under British rule by 1815. As Ceylon, it became independent in 1948; its name was changed to Sri Lanka in 1972. Tensions between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil separatists erupted into war in 1983. After two decades of fighting, the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formalized a cease-fire in February 2002 with Norway brokering peace negotiations. Violence between the LTTE and government forces intensified in 2006, but the government regained control of the Eastern Province in 2007. By May 2009, the government announced that its military had defeated the remnants of the LTTE. Since the end of the conflict, the government has enacted an ambitious program of economic development projects, many of which are financed by loans from the Government of China. In addition to efforts to reconstruct its economy, the government has resettled more than 95% of those civilians who were displaced during the final phase of the conflict and released the vast majority of former LTTE combatants captured by Government Security Forces. At the same time, there has been little progress on more contentious and politically difficult issues such as reaching a political settlement with Tamil elected representatives and holding accountable those alleged to have been involved in human rights violations and other abuses during the conflict.

How big is Sri Lanka 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, National Revenue Authority, Sri Lanka Inland Revenue Department.

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