Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.4 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Belarus, that number is 73 years (68 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 4.6 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Belarus, that number is 24.5% of people.

Economy

make 2.6 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Belarus, the GDP per capita is $18,900.

be 33.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Belarus, that number is 1.0%.

be 74.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Belarus, however, that number is 5.7%.

spend 45.8% less on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Belarus, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

Life

be 98.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Belarus, 4.0 women do.

be 24.8% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Belarus, it is 99.7%.

be 92.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Belarus, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 56.4% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Belarus, there are 10.3 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 Belarus, 100% of the population do.

be 3.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Belarus, about 71.1% 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 Belarus, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 72.4% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Belarus spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 3.0 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Belarus, that number is 5.7% of GDP.

Belarus: At a glance

Belarus is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 202,900 sq km. After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than have any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place. Since his election in July 1994 as the country's first directly elected president, Aleksandr LUKASHENKO has steadily consolidated his power through authoritarian means and a centralized economic system. Government restrictions on freedom of speech and the press, peaceful assembly, and religion remain in place.

How big is Belarus 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 for Taxes and Levies of the Republic of Belarus.

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