Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 76.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Colombia, that number is 0.4% of people as of 2018.

live 8.4 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Colombia, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.0 times more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Colombia, that number is 22.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 3.1 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,400 as of 2017.

be 21.8% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Colombia, that number is 9.3% as of 2017.

be 15.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Colombia, however, that number is 28.0% as of 2017.

pay a 32.0% higher top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Colombia, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 73.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Colombia, 83.0 women do as of 2017.

be 24.2% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Colombia, it is 95.1% as of 2018.

be 61.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Colombia, on the other hand, 12.3 children do as of 2020.

have 48.0% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Colombia, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 24.8% more 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 Colombia, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 96% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 59.6% more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Colombia, about 62.3% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 25.0% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 6.0 times more coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

Colombia: At a glance

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

How big is Colombia 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, Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN).

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