Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Laos instead of El Salvador, you would:

Health

be 78.5% less likely to be obese


In El Salvador, 24.6% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

live 10.3 years less


In El Salvador, the average life expectancy is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 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 El Salvador, 7.0% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

be 32.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In El Salvador, 32.7% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

spend 20.0% less on taxes


El Salvador has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0%.

make 16.9% less money


El Salvador has a GDP per capita of $8,900, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

Life

have 45.7% more children


In El Salvador, there are approximately 16.2 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In El Salvador, approximately 54.0 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 El Salvador, approximately 16.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 37.2% less likely to have internet access


In El Salvador, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

be 19.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In El Salvador, approximately 94% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 17.1% less on education


El Salvador spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 72.1% less on healthcare


El Salvador spends 6.8% 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 El Salvador? See an in-depth size comparison.


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


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