Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 10.9 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Barbados, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 5.3 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Laos, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Barbados, that number is 1.6% of people.

be 4.4 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Barbados, that number is 23.1% of people.

Economy

make 2.5 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Barbados, the GDP per capita is $18,700.

be 7.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Barbados, that number is 10.5%.

spend 39.6% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Barbados, the top tax rate is 33.5%.

Life

be 86.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Barbados, 27.0 women do.

be 79.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Barbados, on the other hand, 10.2 children do.

have 50.4% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Barbados, there are 11.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.4 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Barbados, about 79.5% do.

be 31.7% 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 Barbados, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 75.9% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Barbados spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 3.9 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Barbados, that number is 7.5% of GDP.

Barbados: At a glance

Barbados is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 430 sq km. The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. African slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

How big is Barbados 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, Ministry of Finance, Barbados.

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