Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Lesotho instead of Cambodia, you would:


be 47.2 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Cambodia, 0.5% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Lesotho, that number is 23.6% of people as of 2018.

live 12.9 years less

In Cambodia, the average life expectancy is 66 years (63 years for men, 69 years for women) as of 2020. In Lesotho, that number is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women) as of 2020.

be 4.3 times more likely to be obese

In Cambodia, 3.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Lesotho, that number is 16.6% of people as of 2016.


make 17.5% less money

Cambodia has a GDP per capita of $4,000 as of 2017, while in Lesotho, the GDP per capita is $3,300 as of 2017.

be 93.7 times more likely to be unemployed

In Cambodia, 0.3% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Lesotho, that number is 28.1% as of 2014.

be 3.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In Cambodia, 16.5% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Lesotho, however, that number is 57.0% as of 2016.

pay a 50.0% higher top tax rate

Cambodia has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In Lesotho, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.


be 3.4 times more likely to die during childbirth

In Cambodia, approximately 160.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Lesotho, 544.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 40.4% less likely to have access to electricity

In Cambodia, approximately 50% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 36% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Lesotho, that number is 30% of people on average (66% in urban areas, and 16% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 27.5% less likely to have internet access

In Cambodia, approximately 40.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Lesotho, about 29.0% do as of 2018.


spend 3.4 times more on education

Cambodia spends 1.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Lesotho spends 6.4% of total GDP on education as of 2018.

Lesotho: At a glance

Lesotho is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 30,355 sq km. Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled the country during its first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Batswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties disputed how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly. In May 2012, competitive elections involving 18 parties saw Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas THABANE form a coalition government - the first in the country's history - that ousted the 14-year incumbent, Pakalitha MOSISILI, who peacefully transferred power the following month.

How big is Lesotho compared to Cambodia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, General Department of Taxation.


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