Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Cabo Verde instead of Laos, you would:

Health

live 7.8 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Cabo Verde, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 2.2 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Cabo Verde, that number is 11.8% of people.

Economy

be 6.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Cabo Verde, that number is 9.0%.

be 36.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Cabo Verde, however, that number is 30.0%.

Life

be 78.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Cabo Verde, 42.0 women do.

be 56.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cabo Verde, on the other hand, 21.9 children do.

have 15.3% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Cabo Verde, there are 20.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Cabo Verde, about 48.2% do.

be 21.1% 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 Cabo Verde, that number is 92% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

be 18.9% 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 Cabo Verde, that number is 71% of people on average (84% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 86.2% more on education


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

spend 2.5 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cabo Verde, that number is 4.8% of GDP.

Cabo Verde: At a glance

Cabo Verde is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 4,033 sq km. The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cabo Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cabo Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cabo Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cabo Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents.

How big is Cabo Verde 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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