Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Ghana instead of El Salvador, you would:


be 55.7% less likely to be obese

In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people.

be 2.8 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In El Salvador, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Ghana, that number is 1.7% of people.

live 7.9 years less

In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women). In Ghana, that number is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women).


be 26.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Ghana, however, that number is 24.2%.

spend 16.7% less on taxes

El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Ghana, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 47.2% less money

El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700.

be 70.0% more likely to be unemployed

In El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Ghana, that number is 11.9%.


be 13.0% less likely to be literate

In El Salvador, the literacy rate is 88.0%. In Ghana, it is 76.6%.

have 88.3% more children

In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Ghana, there are 30.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 5.9 times more likely to die during childbirth

In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Ghana, 319.0 women do.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ghana, on the other hand, 35.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 19.7% more likely to have internet access

In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Ghana, about 34.7% do.

be 23.4% less likely to have access to electricity

In El Salvador, 94% of people have electricity access (98% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas). In Ghana, that number is 72% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 50% in rural areas).


spend 47.1% less on healthcare

El Salvador spends 6.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ghana, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

spend 77.1% more on education

El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Ghana spends 6.2% of total GDP on education.


see 75.6% more coastline

El Salvador has a total of 307 km of coastline. In Ghana, that number is 539 km.

Ghana: At a glance

Ghana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 227,533 sq km. Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. Ghana endured a long series of coups before Lt. Jerry RAWLINGS took power in 1981 and banned political parties. After approving a new constitution and restoring multiparty politics in 1992, RAWLINGS won presidential elections in 1992 and 1996 but was constitutionally prevented from running for a third term in 2000. John KUFUOR succeeded him and was reelected in 2004. John Atta MILLS won the 2008 presidential election and took over as head of state, but he died in July 2012 and was constitutionally succeeded by his vice president John Dramani MAHAMA, who subsequently won the December 2012 presidential election.

How big is Ghana compared to El Salvador? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Ghana Revenue Authority.


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