Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 0.8 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Gabon, that number is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Gabon, that number is 3.8% of people as of 2018.

be 37.6% more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Gabon, that number is 15.0% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 3.9 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Gabon, the GDP per capita is $18,100 as of 2017.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Gabon, that number is 28.0% as of 2015.

be 41.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Gabon, however, that number is 34.3% as of 2015.

pay a 40.0% higher top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Gabon, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 18.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Gabon, 252.0 women do as of 2017.

be 10.6% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Gabon, it is 84.7% as of 2018.

have 11.1% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Gabon, there are 26.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 15.3% 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 Gabon, that number is 91% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 55% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 59.0% more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Gabon, about 62.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 25.0% less on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Gabon spends 2.7% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Geography

see 64.2% more coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Gabon, that number is 885 km.

Gabon: At a glance

Gabon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 257,667 sq km. El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - dominated the country's political scene for four decades (1967-2009) following independence from France in 1960. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in December 2002 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Following President BONGO's death in 2009, new elections brought Ali BONGO Ondimba, son of the former president, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon's small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries.

How big is Gabon compared to Ghana? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Direction of Taxes, Ghana Revenue Authority.

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