Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 21.7% less likely to be obese


In Estonia, 21.2% of adults are obese. In Lesotho, that number is 16.6% of people.

be 34.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Estonia, 0.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Lesotho, that number is 23.8% of people.

live 23.9 years less


In Estonia, the average life expectancy is 77 years (72 years for men, 82 years for women). In Lesotho, that number is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women).

Economy

make 88.7% less money


Estonia has a GDP per capita of $31,800, while in Lesotho, the GDP per capita is $3,600.

be 4.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In Estonia, 5.9% of adults are unemployed. In Lesotho, that number is 28.1%.

be 2.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Estonia, 21.1% live below the poverty line. In Lesotho, however, that number is 57.0%.

spend 50.0% more on taxes


Estonia has a top tax rate of 20.0%. In Lesotho, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

Life

be 20.4% less likely to be literate


In Estonia, the literacy rate is 99.8%. In Lesotho, it is 79.4%.

have 2.4 times more children


In Estonia, there are approximately 10.1 babies per 1,000 people. In Lesotho, there are 24.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 54.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Estonia, approximately 9.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Lesotho, 487.0 women do.

be 12.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In Estonia, approximately 3.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Lesotho, on the other hand, 46.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 83.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Estonia, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Lesotho, 17% of the population do.

be 68.6% less likely to have internet access


In Estonia, approximately 87.2% of the population has internet access. In Lesotho, about 27.4% do.

be 17.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Estonia, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas). In Lesotho, that number is 82% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.1 times more on education


Estonia spends 5.5% of its total GDP on education. Lesotho spends 11.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 65.6% more on healthcare


Estonia spends 6.4% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Lesotho, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

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 Estonia? See an in-depth size comparison.


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

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