Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 17.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Suriname, that number is 1.4% of people as of 2018.

live 5.1 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Suriname, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.4 times more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Suriname, that number is 26.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 3.2 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Suriname, the GDP per capita is $14,900 as of 2017.

be 25.2% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Suriname, that number is 8.9% as of 2017.

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Suriname, however, that number is 70.0% as of 2002.

pay a 52.0% higher top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Suriname, the top tax rate is 38.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 61.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Suriname, 120.0 women do as of 2017.

be 23.2% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Suriname, it is 94.4% as of 2018.

be 31.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Suriname, on the other hand, 22.1 children do as of 2020.

have 49.7% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Suriname, there are 14.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 25.5% more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Suriname, about 49.0% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 28.4% less coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Suriname, that number is 386 km.

Suriname: At a glance

Suriname is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 156,000 sq km. First explored by the Spaniards in the 16th century and then settled by the English in the mid-17th century, Suriname became a Dutch colony in 1667. With the abolition of African slavery in 1863, workers were brought in from India and Java. Independence from the Netherlands was granted in 1975. Five years later the civilian government was replaced by a military regime that soon declared a socialist republic. It continued to exert control through a succession of nominally civilian administrations until 1987, when international pressure finally forced a democratic election. In 1990, the military overthrew the civilian leadership, but a democratically elected government - a four-party coalition - returned to power in 1991. The coalition expanded to eight parties in 2005 and ruled until August 2010, when voters returned former military leader Desire BOUTERSE and his opposition coalition to power.

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


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

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