Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Burkina Faso instead of Ghana, you would:

Health

be 58.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Burkina Faso, that number is 0.7% of people as of 2018.

be 48.6% less likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.6% of people as of 2016.

live 5.5 years less


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Burkina Faso, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 59.6% less money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900 as of 2017.

be 6.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0% as of 2004.

be 65.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Burkina Faso, however, that number is 40.1% as of 2009.

Life

have 18.6% more children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Burkina Faso, there are 35.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 46.2% less likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Burkina Faso, it is 41.2% as of 2018.

be 62.0% more likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 52.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 75.8% 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 Burkina Faso, that number is 19% of people on average (61% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 59.0% less likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Burkina Faso, about 16.0% do as of 2018.

be 15.9% 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 Burkina Faso, that number is 76% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 16.7% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Burkina Faso: At a glance

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

How big is Burkina Faso 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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