Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.5 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Samoa, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 4.3 times more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Samoa, that number is 47.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 21.3% more money


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

be 56.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Samoa, that number is 5.2% as of 2017.

Life

be 86.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Samoa, 43.0 women do as of 2017.

be 29.4% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Samoa, it is 99.1% as of 2018.

be 47.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Samoa, on the other hand, 17.0 children do as of 2020.

have 33.8% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Samoa, there are 19.6 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 Samoa, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 13.8% less likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Samoa, about 33.6% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 13.9% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Samoa spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 25.2% less coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Samoa, that number is 403 km.

Samoa: At a glance

Samoa is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 2,821 sq km. New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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