Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Papua New Guinea instead of Ghana, you would:

Health

be 52.9% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 0.8% of people as of 2018.

be 95.4% more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 21.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 79.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 2.5% as of 2017.

make 21.3% less money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Papua New Guinea, the GDP per capita is $3,700 as of 2017.

be 52.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Papua New Guinea, however, that number is 37.0% as of 2002.

pay a 68.0% higher top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Papua New Guinea, the top tax rate is 42.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 52.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Papua New Guinea, 145.0 women do as of 2017.

be 16.2% less likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Papua New Guinea, it is 64.2% as of 2015.

have 24.0% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Papua New Guinea, there are 22.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 71.1% 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 Papua New Guinea, that number is 23% of people on average (73% in urban areas, and 16% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 71.3% less likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Papua New Guinea, about 11.2% do as of 2018.

be 52.2% less 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 Papua New Guinea, that number is 43% of people on average (89% in urban areas, and 36% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 9.6 times more coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Papua New Guinea, that number is 5,152 km.

Papua New Guinea: At a glance

Papua New Guinea (sometimes abbreviated PNG) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 452,860 sq km. The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives.

How big is Papua New Guinea 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, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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