Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Laos instead of Burkina Faso, you would:

Health

live 8.7 years longer


In Burkina Faso, the average life expectancy is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

make 3.9 times more money


Burkina Faso has a GDP per capita of $1,900, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 98.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Burkina Faso, 77.0% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

be 45.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Burkina Faso, 40.1% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

Life

be 46.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Burkina Faso, approximately 371.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

be 30.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Burkina Faso, approximately 72.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

be 2.2 times more likely to be literate


In Burkina Faso, the literacy rate is 36.0%. In Laos, it is 79.9%.

have 42.7% less children


In Burkina Faso, there are approximately 41.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.1 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Burkina Faso, 17% of people have electricity access (56% in urban areas, and 1% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 30.0% more likely to have internet access


In Burkina Faso, approximately 14.0% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 31.0% less on education


Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of its total GDP on education. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 62.0% less on healthcare


Burkina Faso spends 5.0% 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 Burkina Faso? 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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