Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 4.3 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Laos, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Djibouti, that number is 1.3% of people.

live 1.0 years less


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Djibouti, that number is 64 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

be 2.5 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Djibouti, that number is 13.5% of people.

Economy

make 51.4% less money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Djibouti, the GDP per capita is $3,600.

be 26.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Djibouti, that number is 40.0%.

Life

be 16.2% more likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Djibouti, 229.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 18.9% 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 Djibouti, that number is 90% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 65% in rural areas).

be 42.5% 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 Djibouti, that number is 50% of people on average (61% in urban areas, and 14% in rural areas).

be 28.0% less likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Djibouti, about 13.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 55.2% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Djibouti spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 5.6 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Djibouti, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Djibouti: At a glance

Djibouti is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 23,180 sq km. The French Territory of the Afars and the Issas became Djibouti in 1977. Hassan Gouled APTIDON installed an authoritarian one-party state and proceeded to serve as president until 1999. Unrest among the Afar minority during the 1990s led to a civil war that ended in 2001 with a peace accord between Afar rebels and the Somali Issa-dominated government. In 1999, Djibouti's first multiparty presidential elections resulted in the election of Ismail Omar GUELLEH as president; he was reelected to a second term in 2005 and extended his tenure in office via a constitutional amendment, which allowed him to begin a third term in 2011. Djibouti occupies a strategic geographic location at the intersection of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden and serves as an important shipping portal for goods entering and leaving the east African highlands and transshipments between Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The government holds longstanding ties to France, which maintains a significant military presence in the country, and has strong ties with the United States. Djibouti hosts several thousand members of US armed services at US-run Camp Lemonnier.

How big is Djibouti 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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