Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Ghana instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

be 91.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 20.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Ghana, that number is 1.7% of people as of 2018.

live 3.4 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 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 61.5% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 56.7% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Ghana, that number is 11.9% as of 2015.

pay a 44.4% lower top tax rate


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2017. In Ghana, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

make 65.4% less money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700 as of 2017.

be 45.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Ghana, however, that number is 24.2% as of 2013.

Life

have 54.2% more children


In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Ghana, there are 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Ghana, 308.0 women do as of 2017.

be 12.0% less likely to be literate


In South Africa, the literacy rate is 87.0% as of 2017. In Ghana, it is 76.6% as of 2015.

be 15.5% more likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 27.8 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 30.6% less likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Ghana, about 39.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 41.9% less on education


South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Ghana spends 3.6% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 80.7% less coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 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 South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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