Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 20.8 years less


In Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 83 years for women). In Sierra Leone, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women).

Economy

be 12.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Virgin Islands, 10.4% of adults are unemployed. In Sierra Leone, that number is 9.1%.

make 95.7% less money


Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $37,000, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Virgin Islands, 28.9% live below the poverty line. In Sierra Leone, however, that number is 70.2%.

Life

have 2.8 times more children


In Virgin Islands, there are approximately 12.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Sierra Leone, there are 36.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 8.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Virgin Islands, approximately 7.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 68.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 94.5% less likely to have access to electricity


In Virgin Islands, 91% of people have electricity access (91% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 5% of people on average (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 78.5% less likely to have internet access


In Virgin Islands, approximately 54.8% of the population has internet access. In Sierra Leone, about 11.8% do.

be 37.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Virgin Islands, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 63% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas).

Geography

see 2.1 times more coastline


Virgin Islands has a total of 188 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 Virgin 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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