Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 64.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Uruguay, that number is 0.6% of people as of 2018.

live 9.7 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Uruguay, that number is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.

be 2.6 times more likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Uruguay, that number is 27.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 4.8 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Uruguay, the GDP per capita is $22,400 as of 2017.

be 36.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Uruguay, that number is 7.6% as of 2017.

be 59.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Ghana, 24.2% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7% as of 2015.

pay a 20.0% higher top tax rate


Ghana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In Uruguay, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 94.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Uruguay, 17.0 women do as of 2017.

be 28.9% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Uruguay, it is 98.7% as of 2018.

be 75.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Uruguay, on the other hand, 7.8 children do as of 2020.

have 56.4% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Uruguay, there are 12.9 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 Uruguay, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 75.1% more likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Uruguay, about 68.3% do as of 2018.

be 10.9% 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 Uruguay, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 36.1% more on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Uruguay spends 4.9% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 22.4% more coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 km of coastline. In Uruguay, that number is 660 km.

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay 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, Dirección General Impositiva.

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