Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 88.2% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Libya, that number is 0.2% of people as of 2018.

live 8.5 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Libya, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.0 times more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Libya, that number is 32.5% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.0 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Libya, the GDP per capita is $9,600 as of 2017.

pay a 60.0% lower top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Libya, the top tax rate is 10.0% as of 2016.

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Libya, that number is 30.0% as of 2004.

Life

be 76.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Libya, 72.0 women do as of 2017.

be 18.8% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Libya, it is 91.0% as of 2015.

be 64.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Libya, on the other hand, 11.5 children do as of 2020.

have 22.3% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Libya, there are 23.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 24.2% 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 Libya, that number is 98% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 96% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 44.2% less likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Libya, about 21.8% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 3.3 times more coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Libya, that number is 1,770 km.

Libya: At a glance

Libya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,759,540 sq km. The Italians supplanted the Ottoman Turks in the area around Tripoli in 1911 and did not relinquish their hold until 1943 when defeated in World War II. Libya then passed to UN administration and achieved independence in 1951. Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar al-QADHAFI assumed leadership and began to espouse his political system at home, which was a combination of socialism and Islam. During the 1970s, QADHAFI used oil revenues to promote his ideology outside Libya, supporting subversive and terrorist activities that included the downing of two airliners - one over Scotland, another in Northern Africa - and a discotheque bombing in Berlin. UN sanctions in 1992 isolated QADHAFI politically and economically following the attacks; sanctions were lifted in 2003 following Libyan acceptance of responsibility for the bombings and agreement to claimant compensation. QADHAFI also agreed to end Libya's program to develop weapons of mass destruction, and he made significant strides in normalizing relations with Western nations. Unrest that began in several Middle Eastern and North African countries in late 2010 erupted in Libyan cities in early 2011. QADHAFI's brutal crackdown on protesters spawned a civil war that triggered UN authorization of air and naval intervention by the international community. After months of seesaw fighting between government and opposition forces, the QADHAFI regime was toppled in mid-2011 and replaced by a transitional government. Libya in 2012 formed a new parliament and elected a new prime minister.

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


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

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