Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 16.1 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Swaziland, that number is 27.3% of people as of 2018.

live 9.6 years less


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Swaziland, that number is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women) as of 2020.

be 51.4% more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Swaziland, that number is 16.5% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.1 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Swaziland, the GDP per capita is $10,100 as of 2017.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Swaziland, that number is 28.0% as of 2014.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Swaziland, however, that number is 63.0% as of 2010.

pay a 32.0% higher top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Swaziland, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 15.4% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Swaziland, it is 88.4% as of 2015.

be 41.9% more likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Swaziland, 437.0 women do as of 2017.

be 33.3% more likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Swaziland, on the other hand, 42.8 children do as of 2020.

have 17.2% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Swaziland, there are 24.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 20.5% more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Swaziland, about 47.0% do as of 2018.

be 17.0% 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 Swaziland, that number is 66% of people on average (83% in urban areas, and 61% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 12.9% 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 Swaziland, that number is 78% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 97.2% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Swaziland spends 7.1% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Swaziland: At a glance

Swaziland is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 17,204 sq km. Autonomy for the Swazis of southern Africa was guaranteed by the British in the late 19th century; independence was granted in 1968. Student and labor unrest during the 1990s pressured King MSWATI III, Africa's last absolute monarch, to grudgingly allow political reform and greater democracy, although he has backslid on these promises in recent years. A constitution came into effect in 2006, but the legal status of political parties remains unclear. The African United Democratic Party tried unsuccessfully to register as an official political party in mid 2006. Talks over the constitution broke down between the government and progressive groups in 2007. Swaziland recently surpassed Botswana as the country with the world's highest known HIV/AIDS prevalence rate.

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


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

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