Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Ghana instead of Sierra Leone, you would:


live 8.4 years longer

In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 59 years (56 years for men, 61 years for women). In Ghana, that number is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women).

be 21.4% more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Sierra Leone, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Ghana, that number is 1.7% of people.

be 25.3% more likely to be obese

In Sierra Leone, 8.7% of adults are obese. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people.


make 2.9 times more money

Sierra Leone has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700.

be 65.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Sierra Leone, 70.2% live below the poverty line. In Ghana, however, that number is 24.2%.

spend 16.7% less on taxes

Sierra Leone has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Ghana, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

be 30.8% more likely to be unemployed

In Sierra Leone, 9.1% of adults are unemployed. In Ghana, that number is 11.9%.


be 76.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In Sierra Leone, approximately 1360.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Ghana, 319.0 women do.

be 59.3% more likely to be literate

In Sierra Leone, the literacy rate is 48.1%. In Ghana, it is 76.6%.

be 48.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Sierra Leone, approximately 68.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ghana, on the other hand, 35.2 children do.

have 16.0% less children

In Sierra Leone, there are approximately 36.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Ghana, there are 30.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.4 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Sierra Leone, 5% of people have electricity access (11% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Ghana, that number is 72% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 50% in rural areas).

be 2.9 times more likely to have internet access

In Sierra Leone, approximately 11.8% of the population has internet access. In Ghana, about 34.7% do.

be 41.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Sierra Leone, approximately 63% of people have improved drinking water access (85% in urban areas, and 48% in rural areas). In Ghana, that number is 89% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 84% in rural areas).


spend 67.6% less on healthcare

Sierra Leone spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ghana, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

spend 2.1 times more on education

Sierra Leone spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Ghana spends 6.2% of total GDP on education.


see 34.1% more coastline

Sierra Leone has a total of 402 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 Sierra Leone? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ghana Revenue Authority, National Revenue Authority.


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