Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sao Tome and Principe instead of Ghana, you would:

Health

be 58.8% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 0.7% of people as of 2018.

live 1.9 years less


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.

be 13.8% more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 12.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 31.9% less money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Sao Tome and Principe, the GDP per capita is $3,200 as of 2017.

be 2.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Sao Tome and Principe, however, that number is 66.2% as of 2009.

Life

be 57.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Sao Tome and Principe, 130.0 women do as of 2017.

be 21.1% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Sao Tome and Principe, it is 92.8% as of 2018.

be 29.9% more likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Sao Tome and Principe, on the other hand, 41.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 14.2% 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 Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 68% of people on average (87% in urban areas, and 22% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 23.3% less likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Sao Tome and Principe, about 29.9% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 36.1% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Sao Tome and Principe spends 4.9% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 61.2% less coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Sao Tome and Principe, that number is 209 km.

Sao Tome and Principe: At a glance

Sao Tome and Principe is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 964 sq km. Discovered and claimed by Portugal in the late 15th century, the islands' sugar-based economy gave way to coffee and cocoa in the 19th century - all grown with African plantation slave labor, a form of which lingered into the 20th century. While independence was achieved in 1975, democratic reforms were not instituted until the late 1980s. The country held its first free elections in 1991, but frequent internal wrangling between the various political parties precipitated repeated changes in leadership and two failed coup attempts in 1995 and 2003. In 2012, three opposition parties combined in a no confidence vote to bring down the majority government of former Prime Minister Patrice TROVOADA. The new government of Prime Minister Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira DA COSTA is entirely composed of opposition party members with limited experience in governance. New oil discoveries in the Gulf of Guinea may attract increased attention to the small island nation.

How big is Sao Tome and Principe 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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