Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 9.6 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020. In Belize, that number is 75 years (74 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 6.3 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Laos, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Belize, that number is 1.9% of people as of 2018.

be 4.5 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belize, that number is 24.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 12.2% more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400 as of 2017, while in Belize, the GDP per capita is $8,300 as of 2017.

be 12.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 0.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belize, that number is 9.0% as of 2017.

be 86.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Belize, however, that number is 41.0% as of 2013.

Life

be 80.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 185.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belize, 36.0 women do as of 2017.

be 75.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 45.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Belize, on the other hand, 11.2 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 84.6% more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 25.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Belize, about 47.1% do as of 2018.

be 20.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Laos, approximately 82% of people have improved drinking water access (94% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Belize, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 2.6 times more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Belize spends 7.4% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Belize: At a glance

Belize is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 22,806 sq km. Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.

How big is Belize 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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