Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina instead of Laos, you would:

Health

live 12.3 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Bosnia and Herzegovina, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 3.4 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, that number is 17.9% of people.

Economy

make 71.6% more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the GDP per capita is $12,700.

be 23.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, however, that number is 16.9%.

spend 58.3% less on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

be 13.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, that number is 20.5%.

Life

be 94.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11.0 women do.

be 23.3% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is 98.5%.

be 89.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the other hand, 5.5 children do.

have 62.7% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, there are 8.8 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina, 100% of the population do.

be 3.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, about 69.3% do.

be 32.0% 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 5.1 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, that number is 9.6% of GDP.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: At a glance

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 51,187 sq km. Bosnia and Herzegovina declared sovereignty in October 1991 and independence from the former Yugoslavia on 3 March 1992 after a referendum boycotted by ethnic Serbs. The Bosnian Serbs - supported by neighboring Serbia and Montenegro - responded with armed resistance aimed at partitioning the republic along ethnic lines and joining Serb-held areas to form a "Greater Serbia." In March 1994, Bosniaks and Croats reduced the number of warring factions from three to two by signing an agreement creating a joint Bosniak/Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 21 November 1995, in Dayton, Ohio, the warring parties initialed a peace agreement that ended three years of interethnic civil strife (the final agreement was signed in Paris on 14 December 1995). The Dayton Peace Accords retained Bosnia and Herzegovina's international boundaries and created a multi-ethnic and democratic government charged with conducting foreign, diplomatic, and fiscal policy. Also recognized was a second tier of government composed of two entities roughly equal in size: the Bosniak/Bosnian Croat Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Bosnian Serb-led Republika Srpska (RS). The Federation and RS governments are responsible for overseeing most government functions. Additionally, the Dayton Accords established the Office of the High Representative (OHR) to oversee the implementation of the civilian aspects of the agreement. The Peace Implementation Council (PIC) at its conference in Bonn in 1997 also gave the High Representative the authority to impose legislation and remove officials, the so-called "Bonn Powers." An original NATO-led international peacekeeping force (IFOR) of 60,000 troops assembled in 1995 was succeeded over time by a smaller, NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR). In 2004, European Union peacekeeping troops (EUFOR) replaced SFOR. Currently EUFOR deploys around 600 troops in theater in a policing capacity.

How big is Bosnia and Herzegovina 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, Indirect Taxation Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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