Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sierra Leone instead of Solomon Islands, you would:

Health

be 61.3% less likely to be obese


In Solomon Islands, 22.5% of adults are obese. In Sierra Leone, that number is 8.7% of people.

live 17.0 years less


In Solomon Islands, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women). In Sierra Leone, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women).

Economy

make 27.3% less money


Solomon Islands has a GDP per capita of $2,200, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

Life

be 42.8% less likely to be literate


In Solomon Islands, the literacy rate is 84.1%. In Sierra Leone, it is 48.1%.

have 45.8% more children


In Solomon Islands, there are approximately 24.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Sierra Leone, there are 36.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 11.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Solomon Islands, approximately 114.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Sierra Leone, 1360.0 women do.

be 4.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Solomon Islands, approximately 14.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 68.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 78.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Solomon Islands, 23% of people have electricity access (62% in urban areas, and 13% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 5% of people on average (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 22.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Solomon Islands, approximately 81% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 63% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 71.0% less on education


Solomon Islands spends 10.0% of its total GDP on education. Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.2 times more on healthcare


Solomon Islands spends 5.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Sierra Leone, that number is 11.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 92.4% less coastline


Solomon Islands has a total of 5,313 km of coastline. In Sierra Leone, that number is 402 km.

Sierra Leone: At a glance

Sierra Leone is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 71,620 sq km. Democracy is slowly being reestablished after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about a third of the population). The military, which took over full responsibility for security following the departure of UN peacekeepers at the end of 2005, is increasingly developing as a guarantor of the country's stability. The armed forces remained on the sideline during the 2007 and 2012 national elections, and over the past year have deployed over 850 peacekeepers in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). As of January 2014, Sierra Leone also fielded 122 staff for five UN peacekeeping missions. In March 2014, the closure of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) marked the end of more than 15 years of peacekeeping and political operations in Sierra Leone. The government's priorities include furthering development, creating jobs, and stamping out endemic corruption.

How big is Sierra Leone compared to Solomon Islands? 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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