Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 57.1% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Uruguay, that number is 0.6% of people.

live 18.8 years longer


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

be 3.2 times more likely to be obese


In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Uruguay, that number is 27.9% of people.

Economy

make 14.0 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Uruguay, the GDP per capita is $22,400.

be 19.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Uruguay, that number is 7.3%.

be 86.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7%.

Life

be 98.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Uruguay, 15.0 women do.

be 2.0 times more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Uruguay, it is 98.5%.

be 87.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Uruguay, on the other hand, 8.3 children do.

have 64.2% less children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Uruguay, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 19.9 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 Uruguay, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas).

be 5.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Uruguay, about 66.4% do.

be 59.3% 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 Uruguay, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 22.5% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Uruguay, that number is 8.6% of GDP.

spend 51.7% more on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Uruguay spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 64.2% more coastline


Sierra Leone has a total of 402 km of coastline. In Uruguay, that number is 660 km.

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay 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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