Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.0 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020. In Egypt, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 75 years for women) as of 2020.

be 6.0 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Egypt, that number is 32.0% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 71.6% more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400 as of 2017, while in Egypt, the GDP per capita is $12,700 as of 2017.

be 17.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 0.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Egypt, that number is 12.2% as of 2017.

be 26.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Egypt, however, that number is 27.8% as of 2016.

Life

be 80.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 185.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Egypt, 37.0 women do as of 2017.

be 62.5% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 45.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Egypt, on the other hand, 17.1 children do as of 2020.

have 21.4% more children


In Laos, there are approximately 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Egypt, there are 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 15.9% less likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 84.7% as of 2015. In Egypt, it is 71.2% as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 14.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, approximately 87% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Egypt, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 83.9% more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 25.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Egypt, about 46.9% do as of 2018.

be 21.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Laos, approximately 82% of people have improved drinking water access (94% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Egypt, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Egypt: At a glance

Egypt is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 995,450 sq km. The regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world's great civilizations. A unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C., and a series of dynasties ruled in Egypt for the next three millennia. The last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 341 B.C., who in turn were replaced by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. It was the Arabs who introduced Islam and the Arabic language in the 7th century and who ruled for the next six centuries. A local military caste, the Mamluks took control about 1250 and continued to govern after the conquest of Egypt by the Ottoman Turks in 1517. Completion of the Suez Canal in 1869 elevated Egypt as an important world transportation hub. Ostensibly to protect its investments, Britain seized control of Egypt's government in 1882, but nominal allegiance to the Ottoman Empire continued until 1914. Partially independent from the UK in 1922, Egypt acquired full sovereignty from Britain in 1952. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt. A rapidly growing population (the largest in the Arab world), limited arable land, and dependence on the Nile all continue to overtax resources and stress society. The government has struggled to meet the demands of Egypt's population through economic reform and massive investment in communications and physical infrastructure. Inspired by the 2010 Tunisian revolution, Egyptian opposition groups led demonstrations and labor strikes countrywide, culminating in President Hosni MUBARAK's ouster. Egypt's military assumed national leadership until a new parliament was in place in early 2012; later that same year, Mohammed MORSI won the presidential election. Following often violent protests throughout the spring of 2013 against MORSI's government and the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), and massive anti-government demonstrations, the Egyptian Armed Forces (EAF) intervened and removed MORSI from power in mid-July 2013 and replaced him with interim president Adly MANSOUR. In mid-January 2014, voters approved a new constitution by referendum. Presidential elections to replace MANSOUR are scheduled for late May 2014. According to the constitution and the government's transitional road map, preparations for parliamentary elections will begin by mid-July 2014.

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

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