Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 11.9 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Botswana, that number is 20.3% of people as of 2018.

live 3.4 years less


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Botswana, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

be 73.4% more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Botswana, that number is 18.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 3.6 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Botswana, the GDP per capita is $17,000 as of 2017.

be 20.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Botswana, however, that number is 19.3% as of 2009.

be 68.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Botswana, that number is 20.0% as of 2013.

Life

be 53.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Botswana, 144.0 women do as of 2017.

be 15.5% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Botswana, it is 88.5% as of 2015.

be 16.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Botswana, on the other hand, 26.8 children do as of 2020.

have 29.4% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Botswana, there are 20.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 20.5% more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Botswana, about 47.0% do as of 2018.

be 23.5% 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 Botswana, that number is 61% of people on average (78% in urban areas, and 38% in rural areas) as of 2016.

Expenditures

spend 2.7 times more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Botswana spends 9.6% of total GDP on education as of 2009.

Botswana: At a glance

Botswana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 566,730 sq km. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. More than four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most stable economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.

How big is Botswana 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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