Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 58.7% less likely to be obese

In Suriname, 26.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people as of 2016.

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

In Suriname, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Ghana, that number is 1.7% of people as of 2018.

live 5.1 years less

In Suriname, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 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 65.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Suriname, 70.0% live below the poverty line as of 2002. In Ghana, however, that number is 24.2% as of 2013.

pay a 34.2% lower top tax rate

Suriname has a top tax rate of 38.0% as of 2016. In Ghana, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

make 68.5% less money

Suriname has a GDP per capita of $14,900 as of 2017, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700 as of 2017.

be 33.7% more likely to be unemployed

In Suriname, 8.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Ghana, that number is 11.9% as of 2015.


have 98.7% more children

In Suriname, there are approximately 14.9 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 Suriname, approximately 120.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Ghana, 308.0 women do as of 2017.

be 18.9% less likely to be literate

In Suriname, the literacy rate is 94.4% as of 2018. In Ghana, it is 76.6% as of 2015.

be 45.2% more likely to die during infancy

In Suriname, approximately 22.1 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 20.3% less likely to have internet access

In Suriname, approximately 49.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Ghana, about 39.0% do as of 2018.


see 39.6% more coastline

Suriname has a total of 386 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 Suriname? 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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