Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 14.3 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Chile, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 5.3 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Chile, that number is 28.0% of people.

Economy

make 3.3 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Chile, the GDP per capita is $24,500.

be 34.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Chile, however, that number is 14.4%.

be 4.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Chile, that number is 7.0%.

spend 66.7% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Chile, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

Life

be 88.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Chile, 22.0 women do.

be 22.0% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Chile, it is 97.5%.

be 86.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Chile, on the other hand, 6.6 children do.

have 42.4% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Chile, there are 13.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.5% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Chile, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

be 3.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Chile, about 66.0% do.

be 30.8% 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 Chile, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 69.0% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Chile spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 4.1 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Chile, that number is 7.8% of GDP.

Chile: At a glance

Chile is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 743,812 sq km. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, the Inca ruled northern Chile while the Mapuche inhabited central and southern Chile. Although Chile declared its independence in 1810, decisive victory over the Spanish was not achieved until 1818. In the War of the Pacific (1879-83), Chile defeated Peru and Bolivia and won its present northern regions. It was not until the 1880s that the Mapuche were brought under central government control. After a series of elected governments, the three-year-old Marxist government of Salvador ALLENDE was overthrown in 1973 by a military coup led by Augusto PINOCHET, who ruled until a freely elected president was inaugurated in 1990. Sound economic policies, maintained consistently since the 1980s, contributed to steady growth, reduced poverty rates by over half, and helped secure the country's commitment to democratic and representative government. Chile has increasingly assumed regional and international leadership roles befitting its status as a stable, democratic nation. In January 2014, Chile assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2014-15 term.

How big is Chile 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, Chilean Tax Administration.

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