Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

live 6.0 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Nicaragua, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 77 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 Nicaragua, that number is 23.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 25.5% more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,900 as of 2017.

be 46.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.4% as of 2017.

be 22.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Nicaragua, however, that number is 29.6% as of 2015.

pay a 20.0% higher top tax rate


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

Life

be 35.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Nicaragua, 198.0 women do as of 2017.

be 48.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, 16.5 children do as of 2020.

have 42.2% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Nicaragua, there are 17.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 28.6% less likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Nicaragua, about 27.9% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 19.4% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Nicaragua spends 4.3% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 68.8% more coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Nicaragua, that number is 910 km.

Nicaragua: At a glance

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

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


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

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