Ghana Factbook

The most common response I get when I tell someone I’m moving to Ghana for two years is… “Ghana? That’s in Africa, right?” Since the average person doesn’t know much about Ghana, here are some interesting facts about Ghana courtesy of the CIA.

  • In 1957, Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence.
  • Ghana is located in Western Africa, bordering Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, and Togo. It is slightly smaller than Oregon.
  • English is the official language, but there are a ton of regional languages spoken, such as Akan, Mole-Dagbon, and Ewe. I get to learn one or more of these regional languages.
  • The population of Ghana is 24.8 million (smaller than California’s) and the population of its capital, Accra, is 2.269 million (smaller than San Diego’s).
  • The adult prevalence rate of HIV/AIDs in Ghana is 1.8%, which ranks 32nd highest in the world. In comparison the adult prevalence rate of HIV/AIDs in the U.S. is 0.6%
  • 57.9% of Ghana is literate.
  • The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Ghana is $61.97 billion. The GDP of the United States is $14 trillion.
  • A better comparison would be GDP per capita. The GDP per capita of Ghana is $2,500. The GDP per capita of the United States is $47,200.
  • There is electricity in Ghana! In fact they consume 6.06 billion kWh a year.

These are all of the facts I can handle for now. I’m sure I will learn a lot more interesting facts about Ghana while I live there.


About Ryan

I'm serving in Ghana as a Peace Corps volunteer for 27 months. View all posts by Ryan

2 responses to “Ghana Factbook

  • Richard Wieland


    Looks like you are off to a great start. What is the weather like there this time of year? Brett took over your spot if you are interested.

  • Edna kerr

    Hi Ryan . Your Grandma shared your Blog about your arrival in Ghana. What a wonderful adventure for you being able to experience another culture so very different from your own.

    We hope you’ll be greatly enriched by it all and that you will be a real
    ambassador for the U.S A
    Jack and I want to wish you all the best and we’ll be following your news from time to time.
    Good luck.
    Love & Prayers.

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