Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 76.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Senegal, that number is 0.4% of people as of 2018.

be 19.3% less likely to be obese

In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people as of 2016.

live 5.0 years less

In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Senegal, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020.


make 25.5% less money

Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Senegal, the GDP per capita is $3,500 as of 2017.

be 4.0 times more likely to be unemployed

In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Senegal, that number is 48.0% as of 2007.

be 93.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Senegal, however, that number is 46.7% as of 2011.

pay a 60.0% higher top tax rate

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


be 32.2% less likely to be literate

In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Senegal, it is 51.9% as of 2017.

be 42.4% more likely to die during infancy

In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Senegal, on the other hand, 45.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 17.9% more likely to have internet access

In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Senegal, about 46.0% do as of 2018.

be 18.0% 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 Senegal, that number is 65% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 43% in rural areas) as of 2017.


spend 33.3% more on education

Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Senegal spends 4.8% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Senegal: At a glance

Senegal is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 192,530 sq km. The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until Abdoulaye WADE was elected president in 2000. He was reelected in 2007 and during his two terms amended Senegal's constitution over a dozen times to increase executive power and to weaken the opposition. His decision to run for a third presidential term sparked a large public backlash that led to his defeat in a March 2012 runoff election with Macky SALL.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Generale des Impots et des Domaines, Ghana Revenue Authority.


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