Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 94.1% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Macedonia, that number is 0.1% of people as of 2018.

live 8.1 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Macedonia, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.1 times more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Macedonia, that number is 22.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 3.2 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Macedonia, the GDP per capita is $14,900 as of 2017.

be 11.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Macedonia, however, that number is 21.5% as of 2015.

pay a 60.0% lower top tax rate


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

be 88.2% more likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Macedonia, that number is 22.4% as of 2017.

Life

be 97.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Macedonia, 7.0 women do as of 2017.

be 27.7% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Macedonia, it is 97.8% as of 2015.

be 76.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Macedonia, on the other hand, 7.4 children do as of 2020.

have 63.9% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Macedonia, there are 10.7 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 Macedonia, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Macedonia, about 79.2% do as of 2018.

be 10.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ghana, approximately 90% of people have improved drinking water access (97% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Macedonia, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Macedonia: At a glance

Macedonia is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 25,433 sq km. Macedonia gained its independence peacefully from Yugoslavia in 1991. Greece's objection to the new state's use of what it considered a Hellenic name and symbols delayed international recognition, which occurred under the provisional designation of "the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia." In 1995, Greece lifted a 20-month trade embargo and the two countries agreed to normalize relations, but the issue of the name remained unresolved and negotiations for a solution are ongoing. Since 2004, the US and over 130 other nations have recognized Macedonia by its constitutional name, Republic of Macedonia. Ethnic Albanian grievances over perceived political and economic inequities escalated into an insurgency in 2001 that eventually led to the internationally brokered Ohrid Framework Agreement, which ended the fighting and established guidelines for constitutional amendments and the creation of new laws that enhanced the rights of minorities. Although Macedonia became an EU candidate in 2005, the country still faces challenges, including fully implementing the Framework Agreement, improving relations with Bulgaria, carrying out democratic reforms, and stimulating economic growth and development. Macedonia's membership in NATO was blocked by Greece at the Alliance's Summit of Bucharest in 2008.

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


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

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