Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 13.9 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Albania, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 4.1 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Albania, that number is 21.7% of people.

Economy

make 68.9% more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Albania, the GDP per capita is $12,500.

be 35.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Albania, however, that number is 14.3%.

be 9.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Albania, that number is 14.0%.

Life

be 85.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Albania, 29.0 women do.

be 22.2% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Albania, it is 97.6%.

be 76.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Albania, on the other hand, 11.9 children do.

have 44.1% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Albania, there are 13.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of the population has electricity access. In Albania, 100% of the population do.

be 3.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Albania, about 66.4% do.

be 10.4% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Laos, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas). In Albania, that number is 84% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 20.7% more on education


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

spend 4.3 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Albania, that number is 8.2% of GDP.

Albania: At a glance

Albania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 27,398 sq km. Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939, and occupied by Germany in 1943. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944. Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until 1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of xenophobic communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, dilapidated infrastructure, powerful organized crime networks, and combative political opponents. Albania has made progress in its democratic development since first holding multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. International observers judged elections to be largely free and fair since the restoration of political stability following the collapse of pyramid schemes in 1997; however, each of Albania's post-communist elections have been marred by claims of electoral fraud. The 2009 general elections resulted in a coalition government, the first such in the country's history. In 2013, general elections achieved a peaceful transition of power and a second successive coalition government. Albania joined NATO in April 2009 and is a potential candidate for EU accession. Although Albania's economy continues to grow, it has slowed, and the country is still one of the poorest in Europe. A large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure remain obstacles.

How big is Albania compared to Laos? 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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