Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 53.8% less likely to be obese

In Latvia, 23.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people as of 2016.

be 4.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

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

live 7.2 years less

In Latvia, the average life expectancy is 75 years (71 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020. In Ghana, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020.


make 83.0% less money

Latvia has a GDP per capita of $27,700 as of 2017, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700 as of 2017.

be 36.8% more likely to be unemployed

In Latvia, 8.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Ghana, that number is 11.9% as of 2015.


have 3.2 times more children

In Latvia, there are approximately 9.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Ghana, there are 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 16.2 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Latvia, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Ghana, 308.0 women do as of 2017.

be 23.3% less likely to be literate

In Latvia, the literacy rate is 99.9% as of 2015. In Ghana, it is 76.6% as of 2015.

be 6.4 times more likely to die during infancy

In Latvia, approximately 5.0 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Ghana, on the other hand, 32.1 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 20.7% less likely to have access to electricity

In Latvia, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Ghana, 79% of the population do as of 2017.

be 53.3% less likely to have internet access

In Latvia, approximately 83.6% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Ghana, about 39.0% do as of 2018.


spend 32.1% less on education

Latvia spends 5.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Ghana spends 3.6% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Ghana: At a glance

Ghana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 227,533 sq km. Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. Ghana endured a long series of coups before Lt. Jerry RAWLINGS took power in 1981 and banned political parties. After approving a new constitution and restoring multiparty politics in 1992, RAWLINGS won presidential elections in 1992 and 1996 but was constitutionally prevented from running for a third term in 2000. John KUFUOR succeeded him and was reelected in 2004. John Atta MILLS won the 2008 presidential election and took over as head of state, but he died in July 2012 and was constitutionally succeeded by his vice president John Dramani MAHAMA, who subsequently won the December 2012 presidential election.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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