Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 52.0% less likely to be obese


In Panama, 22.7% of adults are obese. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people.

be 70.0% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Panama, 1.0% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Ghana, that number is 1.7% of people.

live 11.8 years less


In Panama, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Ghana, that number is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

make 81.5% less money


Panama has a GDP per capita of $25,400, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Panama, 5.5% of adults are unemployed. In Ghana, that number is 11.9%.

Life

have 70.4% more children


In Panama, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Ghana, there are 30.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Panama, approximately 94.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Ghana, 319.0 women do.

be 19.4% less likely to be literate


In Panama, the literacy rate is 95.0%. In Ghana, it is 76.6%.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Panama, approximately 9.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ghana, on the other hand, 35.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 20.9% less likely to have access to electricity


In Panama, 91% of people have electricity access (94% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas). In Ghana, that number is 72% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 50% in rural areas).

be 35.7% less likely to have internet access


In Panama, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In Ghana, about 34.7% do.

Expenditures

spend 55.0% less on healthcare


Panama spends 8.0% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ghana, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

spend 93.8% more on education


Panama spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education. Ghana spends 6.2% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 78.4% less coastline


Panama has a total of 2,490 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 Panama? 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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