Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 94.1% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Bangladesh, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 6.4 years longer

In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women). In Bangladesh, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 67.0% less likely to be obese

In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese. In Bangladesh, that number is 3.6% of people.


be 66.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed. In Bangladesh, that number is 4.0%.

make 10.6% less money

Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700, while in Bangladesh, the GDP per capita is $4,200.

spend 20.0% more on taxes

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


be 44.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Ghana, approximately 319.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Bangladesh, 176.0 women do.

have 38.4% less children

In Ghana, there are approximately 30.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Bangladesh, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 16.7% less likely to have access to electricity

In Ghana, 72% of people have electricity access (92% in urban areas, and 50% in rural areas). In Bangladesh, that number is 60% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas).

be 47.6% less likely to have internet access

In Ghana, approximately 34.7% of the population has internet access. In Bangladesh, about 18.2% do.


spend 59.7% less on education

Ghana spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education. Bangladesh spends 2.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 22.2% less on healthcare

Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bangladesh, that number is 2.8% of GDP.

Bangladesh: At a glance

Bangladesh is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 130,170 sq km. Muslim conversions and settlement in the region now referred to as Bangladesh began in the 10th century, primarily from Arab and Persian traders and preachers. Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area in the 16th century. Eventually the area known as Bengal, primarily Hindu in the western section and mostly Muslim in the eastern half, became part of British India. Partition in 1947 resulted in an eastern wing of Pakistan in the Muslim-majority area, which became East Pakistan. Calls for greater autonomy and animosity between the eastern and western wings of Pakistan led to a Bengali independence movement. That movement, led by the Awami League (AL) and supported by India, won independence for Bangladesh in a brief war in 1971, during which at least 300,000 civilians died. The post-independence, AL government faced daunting challenges and in 1975 was overthrown by the military, triggering a series of military coups that resulted in a military-backed government and subsequent creation of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). That government also ended in a coup in 1981, followed by military-backed rule until democratic elections in 1991. The BNP and AL have alternately held power since then, with the exception of a military-backed, emergency caretaker regime that suspended parliamentary elections planned for January 2007 in an effort to reform the political system and root out corruption. That government returned the country to fully democratic rule in December 2008 with the election of the AL and Prime Minister Sheikh HASINA. In January 2014, the AL won the national election by an overwhelming majority after the BNP boycotted, extending HASINA's term as prime minister. With the help of international development assistance, Bangladesh has made great progress in food security since independence, and the economy has grown at an average of about 6 percent over the last two decades.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ghana Revenue Authority, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh.


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