Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 14.6 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Switzerland, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 78.9% more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Switzerland, that number is 19.5% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 13.2 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $62,100 as of 2017.

be 73.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Switzerland, that number is 3.2% as of 2017.

be 72.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Switzerland, however, that number is 6.6% as of 2014.

pay a 60.0% higher top tax rate


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

Life

be 98.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Switzerland, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 89.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Switzerland, on the other hand, 3.5 children do as of 2020.

have 64.5% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Switzerland, there are 10.5 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 Switzerland, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Switzerland, about 89.7% do as of 2018.

be 11.2% more 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 Switzerland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 41.7% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Switzerland spends 5.1% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Switzerland: At a glance

Switzerland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 39,997 sq km. The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

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


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

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