Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 89.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Zimbabwe, 13.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Sierra Leone, that number is 1.4% of people.

be 43.9% less likely to be obese


In Zimbabwe, 15.5% of adults are obese. In Sierra Leone, that number is 8.7% of people.

live 1.8 years less


In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women). In Sierra Leone, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women).

Economy

be 19.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Zimbabwe, 11.3% of adults are unemployed. In Sierra Leone, that number is 9.1%.

spend 40.0% less on taxes


Zimbabwe has a top tax rate of 50.0%. In Sierra Leone, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 30.4% less money


Zimbabwe has a GDP per capita of $2,300, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

Life

be 44.4% less likely to be literate


In Zimbabwe, the literacy rate is 86.5%. In Sierra Leone, it is 48.1%.

be 3.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Zimbabwe, approximately 443.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Sierra Leone, 1360.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In Zimbabwe, approximately 32.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 68.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 87.5% less likely to have access to electricity


In Zimbabwe, 40% of people have electricity access (80% in urban areas, and 21% in rural areas). In Sierra Leone, that number is 5% of people on average (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas).

be 48.9% less likely to have internet access


In Zimbabwe, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access. In Sierra Leone, about 11.8% do.

be 18.6% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Zimbabwe, approximately 77% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 67% 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 65.5% less on education


Zimbabwe spends 8.4% of its total GDP on education. Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 73.4% more on healthcare


Zimbabwe spends 6.4% 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 Zimbabwe? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, National Revenue Authority, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

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