Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 76.0% less likely to be obese


In Belgium, 22.1% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

live 16.5 years less


In Belgium, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 84 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

be 79.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Belgium, 7.3% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

spend 55.3% less on taxes


Belgium has a top tax rate of 53.7%. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0%.

make 84.1% less money


Belgium has a GDP per capita of $46,600, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 45.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belgium, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

Life

have 2.1 times more children


In Belgium, there are approximately 11.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 28.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Belgium, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

be 14.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In Belgium, approximately 3.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 13.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Belgium, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Laos, 87% of the population do.

be 79.0% less likely to have internet access


In Belgium, approximately 86.5% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

be 24.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Belgium, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 56.1% less on education


Belgium spends 6.6% of its total GDP on education. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 82.1% less on healthcare


Belgium spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Laos, that number is 1.9% of GDP.

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 Belgium? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Service Public Fédéral Finances, The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance.

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