Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 8.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Zambia, that number is 11.5% of people.

live 5.9 years less


In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Zambia, that number is 53 years (51 years for men, 54 years for women).

Economy

make 2.5 times more money


Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Zambia, the GDP per capita is $4,000.

be 22.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Zambia, however, that number is 54.4%.

be 64.8% more likely to be unemployed


In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Zambia, that number is 15.0%.

spend 16.7% more on taxes


Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Zambia, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 83.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Zambia, 224.0 women do.

be 10.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Zambia, on the other hand, 61.1 children do.

have 14.3% more children


In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Zambia, there are 41.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 31.8% more likely to be literate


In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Zambia, it is 63.4%.

Basic Needs

be 5.2 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 Zambia, that number is 26% of people on average (45% in urban areas, and 14% 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 Zambia, about 25.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 62.1% less on education


Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Zambia spends 1.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 55.0% less on healthcare


Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Zambia, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Zambia: At a glance

Zambia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 743,398 sq km. The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

How big is Zambia 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, Zambia Revenue Authority, National Revenue Authority.

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