Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 81.1% less likely to be obese


In Chile, 28.0% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

live 14.3 years less


In Chile, the average life expectancy is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

be 78.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Chile, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

spend 40.0% less on taxes


Chile has a top tax rate of 40.0%. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0%.

make 69.8% less money


Chile has a GDP per capita of $24,500, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 52.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Chile, 14.4% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

Life

be 18.1% less likely to be literate


In Chile, the literacy rate is 97.5%. In Laos, it is 79.9%.

have 73.5% more children


In Chile, there are approximately 13.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Chile, approximately 22.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

be 7.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In Chile, approximately 6.6 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.7% less likely to have access to electricity


In Chile, 100% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 72.4% less likely to have internet access


In Chile, approximately 66.0% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

be 23.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Chile, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 40.8% less on education


Chile spends 4.9% of its total GDP on education. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 75.6% less on healthcare


Chile spends 7.8% 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 Chile? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Chilean Tax Administration.

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