Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Latvia 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 Latvia, that number is 0.4% of people as of 2018.

live 7.2 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Latvia, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.2 times more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Latvia, that number is 23.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 5.9 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Latvia, the GDP per capita is $27,700 as of 2017.

be 26.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Latvia, that number is 8.7% as of 2017.

Life

be 93.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Latvia, 19.0 women do as of 2017.

be 30.4% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Latvia, it is 99.9% as of 2015.

be 84.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Latvia, on the other hand, 5.0 children do as of 2020.

have 68.9% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Latvia, there are 9.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 26.1% more likely to have access to electricity


In Ghana, approximately 79% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Latvia, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Latvia, about 83.6% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 47.2% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Latvia spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Latvia: At a glance

Latvia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 62,249 sq km. The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 28% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the eurozone in 2014.

How big is Latvia 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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