Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Laos instead of British Virgin Islands, you would:

Health

live 13.5 years less


In British Virgin Islands, the average life expectancy is 79 years (78 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020. In Laos, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 75.9% less likely to be unemployed


In British Virgin Islands, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Laos, that number is 0.7% as of 2017.

make 78.4% less money


British Virgin Islands has a GDP per capita of $34,200 as of 2017, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400 as of 2017.

Life

have 2.0 times more children


In British Virgin Islands, there are approximately 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Laos, there are 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 4.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 11.0 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 41.5% less likely to have internet access


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 43.6% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Laos, about 25.5% do as of 2018.

be 17.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In British Virgin Islands, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Laos, 82% of people do as of 2017.

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 British Virgin Islands? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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