Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 66.5% less likely to be obese

In Libya, 32.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people as of 2016.

be 8.5 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Libya, 0.2% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Ghana, that number is 1.7% of people as of 2018.

live 8.5 years less

In Libya, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 79 years for women) as of 2020. In Ghana, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020.


be 60.3% less likely to be unemployed

In Libya, 30.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2004. In Ghana, that number is 11.9% as of 2015.

make 51.0% less money

Libya has a GDP per capita of $9,600 as of 2017, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700 as of 2017.

pay a 2.5 times higher top tax rate

Libya has a top tax rate of 10.0% as of 2016. In Ghana, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.


have 28.7% more children

In Libya, there are approximately 23.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Ghana, there are 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 4.3 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Libya, approximately 72.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Ghana, 308.0 women do as of 2017.

be 15.8% less likely to be literate

In Libya, the literacy rate is 91.0% as of 2015. In Ghana, it is 76.6% as of 2015.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during infancy

In Libya, approximately 11.5 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 79.2% more likely to have internet access

In Libya, approximately 21.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Ghana, about 39.0% do as of 2018.

be 19.5% less likely to have access to electricity

In Libya, approximately 98% of people have electricity access (99% in urban areas, and 96% in rural areas) as of 2016. In Ghana, that number is 79% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas) as of 2017.


see 69.5% less coastline

Libya has a total of 1,770 km of coastline. In Ghana, that number is 539 km.

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 Libya? 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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