Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 17.3 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Canada, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 5.5 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Canada, that number is 29.4% of people.

Economy

make 6.5 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Canada, the GDP per capita is $48,300.

be 57.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Canada, however, that number is 9.4%.

be 4.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Canada, that number is 6.5%.

spend 37.5% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Canada, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 96.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Canada, 7.0 women do.

be 91.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Canada, on the other hand, 4.5 children do.

have 56.4% less children


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

be 4.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Canada, about 89.8% do.

be 31.8% 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 Canada, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 82.8% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Canada spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 5.5 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Canada, that number is 10.4% of GDP.

Canada: At a glance

Canada is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,093,507 sq km. A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

How big is Canada 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, Canada Revenue Agency.

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