Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 87.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

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

live 5.9 years longer

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


be 39.3% less likely to be unemployed

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

spend 14.3% less on taxes

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

make 60.0% less money

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

be 29.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line

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


be 6.1 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Zambia, approximately 224.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sierra Leone, 1360.0 women do.

be 24.1% less likely to be literate

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

be 11.9% more likely to die during infancy

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

have 12.5% less children

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

Basic Needs

be 80.8% less likely to have access to electricity

In Zambia, 26% of people have electricity access (45% in urban areas, and 14% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 5% of people on average (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 53.7% less likely to have internet access

In Zambia, approximately 25.5% of the population has internet access. In Sierra Leone, about 11.8% do.


spend 2.6 times more on education

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

spend 2.2 times more on healthcare

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

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 Zambia? 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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