Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Laos instead of Bangladesh, you would:

Health

live 8.8 years less


In Bangladesh, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

be 47.2% more likely to be obese


In Bangladesh, 3.6% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

Economy

make 76.2% more money


Bangladesh has a GDP per capita of $4,200, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 62.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Bangladesh, 4.0% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

spend 20.0% less on taxes


Bangladesh has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0%.

Life

have 25.5% more children


In Bangladesh, there are approximately 18.8 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 57.4% more likely to die during infancy


In Bangladesh, approximately 31.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 45.0% more likely to have access to electricity


In Bangladesh, 60% of people have electricity access (90% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 12.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Bangladesh, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (86% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 32.1% less on healthcare


Bangladesh spends 2.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Laos, that number is 1.9% of GDP.

spend 16.0% more on education


Bangladesh spends 2.5% of its total GDP on education. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

Laos: At a glance

Laos is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 230,800 sq km. Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos. After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the communist Pathet Lao took control of the government ending a six-century-old monarchy and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam. A gradual, limited return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1988. Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997 and the WTO in 2013.

How big is Laos compared to Bangladesh? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh.

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