Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 73.4% less likely to be obese


In Ecuador, 19.9% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

live 12.4 years less


In Ecuador, the average life expectancy is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

be 67.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Ecuador, 4.6% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

spend 31.4% less on taxes


Ecuador has a top tax rate of 35.0%. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0%.

make 35.7% less money


Ecuador has a GDP per capita of $11,500, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

Life

be 15.4% less likely to be literate


In Ecuador, the literacy rate is 94.4%. In Laos, it is 79.9%.

have 31.8% more children


In Ecuador, there are approximately 17.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Ecuador, approximately 64.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In Ecuador, approximately 16.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 10.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Ecuador, 97% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 66.4% less likely to have internet access


In Ecuador, approximately 54.1% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

be 12.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ecuador, approximately 87% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 42.0% less on education


Ecuador spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 79.3% less on healthcare


Ecuador spends 9.2% 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 Ecuador? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador.

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