Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mauritania 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 Mauritania, that number is 0.2% of people as of 2018.

live 3.7 years less


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Mauritania, that number is 64 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

be 16.5% more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Mauritania, that number is 12.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 14.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Mauritania, that number is 10.2% as of 2017.

be 28.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Mauritania, however, that number is 31.0% as of 2014.

pay a 60.0% higher top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Mauritania, the top tax rate is 40.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 2.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Mauritania, 766.0 women do as of 2017.

be 30.2% less likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Mauritania, it is 53.5% as of 2017.

be 49.2% more likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Mauritania, on the other hand, 47.9 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 47.4% 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 Mauritania, that number is 42% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 46.7% less likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Mauritania, about 20.8% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 27.8% less on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Mauritania spends 2.6% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 39.9% more coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Mauritania, that number is 754 km.

Mauritania: At a glance

Mauritania is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,030,700 sq km. Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976 but relinquished it after three years of raids by the Polisario guerrilla front seeking independence for the territory. Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA seized power in a coup in 1984 and ruled Mauritania with a heavy hand for more than two decades. A series of presidential elections that he held were widely seen as flawed. A bloodless coup in August 2005 deposed President TAYA and ushered in a military council that oversaw a transition to democratic rule. Independent candidate Sidi Ould Cheikh ABDALLAHI was inaugurated in April 2007 as Mauritania's first freely and fairly elected president. His term ended prematurely in August 2008 when a military junta led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ deposed him and installed a military council government. AZIZ was subsequently elected president in July 2009 and sworn in the following month. AZIZ sustained injuries from an accidental shooting by his own troops in October 2012 but has continued to maintain his authority. The country continues to experience ethnic tensions among its black population (Afro-Mauritanians) and white and black Moor (Arab-Berber) communities, and confronts a terrorism threat by al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

How big is Mauritania 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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