Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Ghana instead of Papua New Guinea, you would:

Health

be 48.8% less likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people as of 2016.

be 2.1 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Papua New Guinea, 0.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Ghana, that number is 1.7% of people as of 2018.

Economy

make 27.0% more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700 as of 2017, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700 as of 2017.

be 34.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line as of 2002. In Ghana, however, that number is 24.2% as of 2013.

pay a 40.5% lower top tax rate


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0% as of 2016. In Ghana, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

be 4.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Ghana, that number is 11.9% as of 2015.

Life

be 19.3% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2% as of 2015. In Ghana, it is 76.6% as of 2015.

have 31.6% more children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 22.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Ghana, there are 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 145.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Ghana, 308.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 3.5 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 23% of people have electricity access (73% in urban areas, and 16% 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.

be 3.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 11.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Ghana, about 39.0% do as of 2018.

be 2.1 times more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 43% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 36% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Ghana, that number is 90% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 81% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 89.5% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 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 Papua New Guinea? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ghana Revenue Authority, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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