Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 11.8 years longer


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Turkmenistan, that number is 70 years (67 years for men, 74 years for women).

be 2.1 times more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Turkmenistan, that number is 18.6% of people.

Economy

make 11.3 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Turkmenistan, the GDP per capita is $18,100.

be 99.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Turkmenistan, however, that number is 0.2%.

be 20.9% more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Turkmenistan, that number is 11.0%.

Life

be 96.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Turkmenistan, 42.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to be literate


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

be 49.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Turkmenistan, on the other hand, 34.3 children do.

have 47.4% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Turkmenistan, there are 19.1 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 Turkmenistan, 100% of the population do.

be 52.5% more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Turkmenistan, about 18.0% do.

be 13.6% 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 Turkmenistan, that number is 71% of people on average (89% in urban areas, and 54% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 81.1% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Turkmenistan, that number is 2.1% of GDP.

Turkmenistan: At a glance

Turkmenistan is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 469,930 sq km. Present-day Turkmenistan covers territory that has been at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries. The area was ruled in antiquity by various Persian empires, and was conquered by Alexander the Great, Muslim crusaders, the Mongols, Turkic warriors, and eventually the Russians. In medieval times Merv (today known as Mary) was one of the great cities of the Islamic world and an important stop on the Silk Road. Annexed by Russia in the late 1800s, Turkmenistan later figured prominently in the anti-Bolshevik movement in Central Asia. In 1924, Turkmenistan became a Soviet republic; it achieved independence upon the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Extensive hydrocarbon/natural gas reserves, which have yet to be fully exploited, have begun to transform the country. Turkmenistan is moving to expand its extraction and delivery projects. The Government of Turkmenistan is actively working to diversify its gas export routes beyond the still important Russian pipeline network. In 2010, new gas export pipelines that carry Turkmen gas to China and to northern Iran began operating, effectively ending the Russian monopoly on Turkmen gas exports. President for Life Saparmurat NYYAZOW died in December 2006, and Turkmenistan held its first multi-candidate presidential election in February 2007. Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW, a deputy cabinet chairman under NYYAZOW, emerged as the country's new president; he was chosen as president again in February 2012, in an election that the OSCE said lacked the freedoms necessary to create a competitive environment.

How big is Turkmenistan 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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