Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

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


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

be 73.8% less likely to be obese


In Guyana, 20.2% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

live 4.0 years less


In Guyana, the average life expectancy is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

be 86.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Guyana, 11.1% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

be 37.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Guyana, 35.0% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

Life

have 53.2% more children


In Guyana, there are approximately 15.4 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 64.1% more likely to die during infancy


In Guyana, approximately 30.4 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 10.1% more likely to have access to electricity


In Guyana, 79% of people have electricity access (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 49.0% less likely to have internet access


In Guyana, approximately 35.7% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

be 23.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


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

Expenditures

spend 63.5% less on healthcare


Guyana spends 5.2% 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 Guyana? 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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