Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Cook Islands instead of Ghana, you would:

Health

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 Cook Islands, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

be 5.1 times more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Cook Islands, that number is 55.9% 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 Cook Islands, the GDP per capita is $16,700 as of 2016.

be 10.1% more likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Cook Islands, that number is 13.1% as of 2005.

Life

be 62.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Cook Islands, on the other hand, 11.9 children do as of 2020.

have 55.1% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Cook Islands, there are 13.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 38.5% more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Cook Islands, about 54.0% do as of 2018.

be 11.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ghana, approximately 90% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Cook Islands, 100% of people do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 30.6% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Cook Islands spends 4.7% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 77.7% less coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Cook Islands, that number is 120 km.

Cook Islands: At a glance

Cook Islands is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 236 sq km. Named after Captain COOK, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965, residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.

How big is Cook Islands 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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