Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 17.7 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Australia, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 5.5 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Australia, that number is 29.0% of people.

Economy

make 6.8 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $50,300.

be 3.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Australia, that number is 5.6%.

spend 87.5% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Australia, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 97.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Australia, 6.0 women do.

be 91.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Australia, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

have 48.7% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Australia, there are 12.1 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 Australia, 100% of the population do.

be 4.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Australia, about 88.2% do.

be 32.1% 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 Australia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 79.3% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Australia spends 5.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 4.9 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Australia, that number is 9.4% of GDP.

Australia: At a glance

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Australia compared to Laos? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Australian Taxation Office.

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