Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

make 4.6 times more money


Eritrea has a GDP per capita of $1,600, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 82.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Eritrea, 8.6% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

be 56.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Eritrea, 50.0% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

Life

be 60.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Eritrea, approximately 501.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

be 10.9% more likely to die during infancy


In Eritrea, approximately 45.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

have 20.3% fewer children


In Eritrea, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.7 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Eritrea, 32% of people have electricity access (86% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 15.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Eritrea, approximately 1.2% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

be 31.0% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Eritrea, approximately 58% of people have improved drinking water access (73% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 42.4% less on healthcare


Eritrea spends 3.3% 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 Eritrea? 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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