Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 84.2% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Belize, 1.9% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Laos, that number is 0.3% of people as of 2018.

be 78.0% less likely to be obese

In Belize, 24.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people as of 2016.

live 9.6 years less

In Belize, the average life expectancy is 75 years (74 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020. In Laos, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.


be 92.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Belize, 9.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Laos, that number is 0.7% as of 2017.

be 46.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Belize, 41.0% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0% as of 2013.

make 10.8% less money

Belize has a GDP per capita of $8,300 as of 2017, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400 as of 2017.


be 5.1 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Belize, approximately 36.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Laos, 185.0 women do as of 2017.

be 4.1 times more likely to die during infancy

In Belize, approximately 11.2 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Laos, on the other hand, 45.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 45.8% less likely to have internet access

In Belize, approximately 47.1% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Laos, about 25.5% do as of 2018.

be 17.2% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Belize, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Laos, that number is 82% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2017.


spend 60.8% less on education

Belize spends 7.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

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.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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