Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 82.4% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Ghana, 1.7% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Laos, that number is 0.3% of people as of 2018.

be 51.4% less likely to be obese


In Ghana, 10.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people as of 2016.

live 2.5 years less


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020. In Laos, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 57.4% more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700 as of 2017, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400 as of 2017.

be 94.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2015. In Laos, that number is 0.7% as of 2017.

Life

be 39.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Ghana, approximately 308.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Laos, 185.0 women do as of 2017.

be 10.6% more likely to be literate


In Ghana, the literacy rate is 76.6% as of 2015. In Laos, it is 84.7% as of 2015.

be 42.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 32.1 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Laos, on the other hand, 45.6 children do as of 2020.

have 24.3% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Laos, there are 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 34.6% less likely to have internet access


In Ghana, approximately 39.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Laos, about 25.5% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 19.4% less on education


Ghana spends 3.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

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.

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

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