Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 41.2% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Benin, that number is 1.0% of people as of 2018.

be 11.9% less likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Benin, that number is 9.6% of people as of 2016.

live 6.8 years less


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Benin, that number is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 91.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Benin, that number is 1.0% as of 2014.

make 51.1% less money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Benin, the GDP per capita is $2,300 as of 2017.

be 49.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Benin, however, that number is 36.2% as of 2011.

Life

have 42.2% more children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Benin, there are 42.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 28.9% more likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Benin, 397.0 women do as of 2017.

be 44.6% less likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Benin, it is 42.4% as of 2018.

be 82.9% more likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Benin, on the other hand, 58.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 47.8% less likely to have access to electricity


In Ghana, approximately 79% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Benin, that number is 41% of people on average (71% in urban areas, and 18% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 48.7% less likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Benin, about 20.0% do as of 2018.

be 15.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ghana, approximately 90% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Benin, that number is 76% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 11.1% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Benin spends 4.0% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 77.6% less coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Benin, that number is 121 km.

Benin: At a glance

Benin is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 110,622 sq km. Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that rose to prominence in about 1600 and over the next two and half centuries became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade. Coastal areas of Dahomey began to be controlled by the French in the second half of the 19th century; the entire kingdom was conquered by 1894. French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI, who won a second five-year term in March 2011, has attempted to stem corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

How big is Benin compared to Ghana? 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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