Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 62.4% less likely to be obese


In Brunei, 14.1% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

live 12.7 years less


In Brunei, the average life expectancy is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

be 78.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Brunei, 6.9% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

make 90.5% less money


Brunei has a GDP per capita of $78,200, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

Life

be 16.8% less likely to be literate


In Brunei, the literacy rate is 96.0%. In Laos, it is 79.9%.

have 38.8% more children


In Brunei, there are approximately 17.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 8.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Brunei, approximately 23.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

be 5.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In Brunei, approximately 9.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 14.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In Brunei, 76% of people have electricity access (79% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 74.4% less likely to have internet access


In Brunei, approximately 71.2% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 34.1% less on education


Brunei spends 4.4% of its total GDP on education. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 26.9% less on healthcare


Brunei spends 2.6% 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 Brunei? 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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