Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 3.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Laos, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Burundi, that number is 1.1% of people.

live 3.7 years less


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Burundi, that number is 61 years (59 years for men, 63 years for women).

Economy

make 90.5% less money


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

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Burundi, however, that number is 64.6%.

Life

have 75.0% more children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Burundi, there are 41.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Burundi, 712.0 women do.

be 17.8% more likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Burundi, on the other hand, 58.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 94.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Burundi, that number is 5% of people on average (28% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas).

be 71.4% less likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Burundi, about 5.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 86.2% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Burundi spends 5.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 3.9 times more on healthcare


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

Burundi: At a glance

Burundi is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 25,680 sq km. Burundi's first democratically elected president was assassinated in October 1993 after only 100 days in office, triggering widespread ethnic violence between Hutu and Tutsi factions. More than 200,000 Burundians perished during the conflict that spanned almost a dozen years. Hundreds of thousands of Burundians were internally displaced or became refugees in neighboring countries. An internationally brokered power-sharing agreement between the Tutsi-dominated government and the Hutu rebels in 2003 paved the way for a transition process that led to an integrated defense force, established a new constitution in 2005, and elected a majority Hutu government in 2005. The government of President Pierre NKURUNZIZA, who was reelected in 2010, continues to face many political and economic challenges.

How big is Burundi 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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