Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 11.1 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In China, that number is 76 years (74 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 17.0% more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In China, that number is 6.2% of people.

Economy

make 2.3 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in China, the GDP per capita is $16,700.

be 85.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In China, however, that number is 3.3%.

be 2.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In China, that number is 3.9%.

spend 87.5% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In China, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 86.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In China, 27.0 women do.

be 20.7% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In China, it is 96.4%.

be 76.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In China, on the other hand, 12.0 children do.

have 47.9% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In China, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.8% 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 China, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

be 2.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In China, about 53.2% do.

be 26.2% 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 China, that number is 96% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 93% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.9 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In China, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

China: At a glance

China (sometimes abbreviated PRC) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 9,326,410 sq km. For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, MAO's successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight. Since the early 1990s, China has increased its global outreach and participation in international organizations.

How big is China 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, State Administration of Taxation.

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