Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Ghana instead of Estonia, you would:


be 48.6% less likely to be obese

In Estonia, 21.2% of adults are obese. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people.

be 2.4 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Estonia, 0.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Ghana, that number is 1.7% of people.

live 9.9 years less

In Estonia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women). In Ghana, that number is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women).


make 85.2% less money

Estonia has a GDP per capita of $31,800, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700.

be 2.0 times more likely to be unemployed

In Estonia, 5.9% of adults are unemployed. In Ghana, that number is 11.9%.

be 14.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Estonia, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Ghana, however, that number is 24.2%.

spend 25.0% more on taxes

Estonia has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Ghana, the top tax rate is 25.0%.


have 3.0 times more children

In Estonia, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Ghana, there are 30.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 35.4 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Estonia, approximately 9.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Ghana, 319.0 women do.

be 23.2% less likely to be literate

In Estonia, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Ghana, it is 76.6%.

be 9.3 times more likely to die during infancy

In Estonia, approximately 3.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ghana, on the other hand, 35.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 28.0% less likely to have access to electricity

In Estonia, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Ghana, 72% of the population do.

be 60.2% less likely to have internet access

In Estonia, approximately 87.2% of the population has internet access. In Ghana, about 34.7% do.

be 10.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Estonia, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas). In Ghana, that number is 89% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 84% in rural areas).


spend 43.8% less on healthcare

Estonia spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ghana, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

spend 12.7% more on education

Estonia spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Ghana spends 6.2% of total GDP on education.


see 85.8% less coastline

Estonia has a total of 3,794 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 Estonia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Estonian Tax and Customs Board, The World Factbook, Ghana Revenue Authority.


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