Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.0 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Tanzania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women).

be 3.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Tanzania, that number is 4.5% of people.

Economy

make 100.0% more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Tanzania, the GDP per capita is $3,200.

be 67.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Tanzania, however, that number is 22.8%.

be 13.2% more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Tanzania, that number is 10.3%.

Life

be 70.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Tanzania, 398.0 women do.

be 62.0% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Tanzania, it is 77.9%.

be 41.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Tanzania, on the other hand, 39.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 4.8 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 Tanzania, that number is 24% of people on average (71% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas).

be 10.2% more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Tanzania, about 13.0% do.

be 11.2% less 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 Tanzania, that number is 56% of people on average (77% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 49.5% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Tanzania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

spend 20.7% more on education


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

Geography

see 3.5 times more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Tanzania, that number is 1,424 km.

Tanzania: At a glance

Tanzania is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 885,800 sq km. Shortly after achieving independence from Britain in the early 1960s, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania in 1964. One-party rule ended in 1995 with the first democratic elections held in the country since the 1970s. Zanzibar's semi-autonomous status and popular opposition led to two contentious elections since 1995, which the ruling party won despite international observers' claims of voting irregularities. The formation of a government of national unity between Zanzibar's two leading parties succeeded in minimizing electoral tension in 2010.

How big is Tanzania 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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