Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Ghana instead of French Polynesia, you would:

Health

live 10.4 years less


In French Polynesia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Ghana, that number is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

be 45.4% less likely to be unemployed


In French Polynesia, 21.8% of adults are unemployed. In Ghana, that number is 11.9%.

make 72.4% less money


French Polynesia has a GDP per capita of $17,000, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700.

be 22.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In French Polynesia, 19.7% live below the poverty line. In Ghana, however, that number is 24.2%.

Life

have 2.1 times more children


In French Polynesia, there are approximately 14.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Ghana, there are 30.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 7.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In French Polynesia, approximately 4.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ghana, on the other hand, 35.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 22.0% more likely to have access to electricity


In French Polynesia, 59% of people have electricity access (72% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Ghana, that number is 72% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 50% in rural areas).

be 49.3% less likely to have internet access


In French Polynesia, approximately 68.4% of the population has internet access. In Ghana, about 34.7% do.

be 11.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


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

Geography

see 78.7% less coastline


French Polynesia has a total of 2,525 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 French Polynesia? 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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