Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Congo, Democratic Republic Of instead of Laos, you would:

Health

live 6.9 years less


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 58 years (56 years for men, 59 years for women).

be 26.4% more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 6.7% of people.

Economy

make 89.2% less money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Congo, Democratic Republic Of, the GDP per capita is $800.

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, however, that number is 63.0%.

Life

have 41.9% more children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, there are 33.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, 693.0 women do.

be 36.7% more likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, on the other hand, 68.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 89.7% 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 Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 9% of people on average (19% in urban areas, and 2% in rural areas).

be 79.1% less likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, about 3.8% do.

be 30.8% less 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 Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 52% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 31% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 20.7% less on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Congo, Democratic Republic Of spends 2.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.3 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Congo, Democratic Republic Of, that number is 4.3% of GDP.

Congo, Democratic Republic Of: At a glance

Congo, Democratic Republic Of is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,267,048 sq km. Established as a Belgian colony in 1908, the then-Republic of the Congo gained its independence in 1960, but its early years were marred by political and social instability. Col. Joseph MOBUTU seized power and declared himself president in a November 1965 coup. He subsequently changed his name - to MOBUTU Sese Seko - as well as that of the country - to Zaire. MOBUTU retained his position for 32 years through several sham elections, as well as through brutal force. Ethnic strife and civil war, touched off by a massive inflow of refugees in 1994 from fighting in Rwanda and Burundi, led in May 1997 to the toppling of the MOBUTU regime by a rebellion backed by Rwanda and Uganda and fronted by Laurent KABILA. He renamed the country the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but in August 1998 his regime was itself challenged by a second insurrection again backed by Rwanda and Uganda. Troops from Angola, Chad, Namibia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe intervened to support KABILA's regime. In January 2001, KABILA was assassinated and his son, Joseph KABILA, was named head of state. In October 2002, the new president was successful in negotiating the withdrawal of Rwandan forces occupying the eastern DRC; two months later, the Pretoria Accord was signed by all remaining warring parties to end the fighting and establish a government of national unity. A transitional government was set up in July 2003; it held a successful constitutional referendum in December 2005 and elections for the presidency, National Assembly, and provincial legislatures took place in 2006. In 2009, following a resurgence of conflict in the eastern DRC, the government signed a peace agreement with the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), a primarily Tutsi rebel group. An attempt to integrate CNDP members into the Congolese military failed, prompting their defection in 2012 and the formation of the M23 armed group - named after the 23 March 2009 peace agreements. Renewed conflict has lead to the displacement of large numbers of people and significant human rights abuses. As of February 2013, peace talks between the Congolese government and the M23 were on-going. In addition, the DRC continues to experience violence committed by other armed groups including the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda and Mai Mai groups. In the most recent national elections, held in November 2011, disputed results allowed Joseph KABILA to be reelected to the presidency.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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