Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 46.8% less likely to be obese

In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Malawi, that number is 5.8% of people as of 2016.

be 5.4 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Malawi, that number is 9.2% of people as of 2018.

live 5.0 years less

In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Malawi, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020.


make 74.5% less money

Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,200 as of 2017.

be 71.4% more likely to be unemployed

In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Malawi, that number is 20.4% as of 2013.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Malawi, however, that number is 50.7% as of 2010.

pay a 20.0% higher top tax rate

Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Malawi, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.


have 35.5% more children

In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Malawi, there are 40.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 18.9% less likely to be literate

In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Malawi, it is 62.1% as of 2015.

be 23.1% more likely to die during infancy

In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Malawi, on the other hand, 39.5 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 86.1% less 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 Malawi, that number is 11% of people on average (42% in urban areas, and 4% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 64.7% less likely to have internet access

In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Malawi, about 13.8% do as of 2018.


spend 11.1% more on education

Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Malawi spends 4.0% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Malawi: At a glance

Malawi is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 94,080 sq km. Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009. He oversaw some economic improvement in his first term, but was accused of economic mismanagement and poor governance in his second term. He died abruptly in April 2012 and was succeeded by his vice president, Joyce BANDA, who had earlier started her own party, the People's Party (PP). Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.

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

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


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