Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 17.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Guyana, that number is 1.4% of people as of 2018.

live 1.3 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Guyana, that number is 70 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women) as of 2020.

be 85.3% more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Guyana, that number is 20.2% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 72.3% more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,100 as of 2017.

be 44.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Guyana, however, that number is 35.0% as of 2006.

Life

be 15.5% more likely to be literate


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

be 14.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Guyana, on the other hand, 27.6 children do as of 2020.

be 2.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Guyana, 667.0 women do as of 2017.

have 47.6% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Guyana, there are 15.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 75.0% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Guyana spends 6.3% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 14.8% less coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana 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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