Last updated on September 20th, 2017
Poverty in Ghana
#31. Ghana struggles with poverty in the region due to its high population rate.
#32. Most of the people living in the southern part of the country are considered rich than those in the North.
#33. Overall poverty rates are declining in Ghana as compared to other countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Thus the country is considered to be the leading nation in Africa pin meeting the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals).
#34. Agriculture is the major employer in the country thus most people are found farming their lands translating to high poverty rates.
#35. However, the country struggles to be a middle income earning country due to its long political stability in the region.
About economy and geography
#36. The rate of economic growth has been sluggish due to inflation in the past two years.
Map of Ghana
#37. The government has been involved in finding measures to restore sanity in the markets with more efforts on regulating, borrowing locally than abroad though the efforts are characterized by uncertainty.
#38. Starting a business in Ghana has been made easy with the little bureaucracy involved and regulated business freedom.
#39. The Ghanaian government is committed to removing all taxes on fuel among other subsidies in a bid to cushion marketing and other business minded people.
#40. Foreigners are encouraged to invest in the country provided they are legally registered with the government.
#41. Ghana is a West African country located in the Gulf of Guinea (see below.)
#42. The country borders Burkina Faso to the North, Togo to the East and the Atlantic Ocean is to the South.
#43. In comparison, Ghana covers an area which is slightly smaller than Oregon.
#44. The capital City of Ghana is Accra which has a population of approximately 2.273 million people (2015 est.)
#45. The main Cash crop grown in Ghana is Cocoa.
Food and music in Ghana
#46. Most of the Ghanaian foods are traditional reflective of the country’s history as well as agriculture.
#47. The delicacy for most people is boiled cassava, plantains, and yams which are rolled into balls commonly known as fufu.
#48. Most, if not all dishes in Ghana are spiced up mainly with chilies and red peppers.
#49. Ghana boasts of having the largest open-air market in West Africa located in Kumasi where people go to buy clothes, fabric as well as garments.
#50. Ghanaians celebrate a dancing festival held annually and most of their celebrities are known globally as not allowing their wealth or even statuses affect their daily living.
Ghana – country at a glance
|Independence||March 06, 1957 (from Britain)|
|Total area||238,533 sq km|
|Population||27,499,924 (2017 est.)|
|Languages spoken||Akuapem Twi, Asante Twi, Dagaare, Dagbani, Dangme, Ewe, Ga, Gonja, Kasem, Fante, Nzema, Wasa, Talensi, Frafra|
|Religion||Christianity, Islam and others|
|Suffrage||18 years of age; universal|
|Borders||Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo|
|Currency||Ghana cedi (GH₵) (GHS)|
|Government type||presidential republic|
|Vice President||Mahamudu Bawumia|
|Life expectancy||66.6 years (2016)|
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Climate||tropical; warm and comparatively dry along southeast coast; hot and humid in southwest; hot and dry in north|
|Terrain||mostly low plains with dissected plateau in south-central area|
|Natural resources||gold, timber, industrial diamonds, bauxite, manganese, fish, rubber, hydropower, petroleum, silver, salt, limestone|
|National Anthem||God Bless Our Homeland Ghana|
|National holiday||Independence Day, 6 March (1957)|
|National symbol||black star, golden eagle|
|National colors||red, yellow, green, black|
|Birth rate||30.5 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)|
|Death rate||7 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)|
|Sex ratio||0.97 male(s)/female (2016 est.)|
|Industries||mining, lumbering, light manufacturing, aluminum smelting, food processing, cement, small commercial ship building, petroleum|
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$4,400 (2016 est.)|
|Exports||$11.06 billion (2016 est.)|
oil, gold, cocoa, timber, tuna, bauxite, aluminum, manganese ore, diamonds, horticultural products
|Imports||$12.75 billion (2016 est.)|
capital equipment, refined petroleum, foodstuffs
|Internet country code||.gh|
|Time Zone||GMT (UTC+0)|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Data sources||CIA, Wikipedia|
|Table last updated||September 7, 2017|