Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 17.3 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In France, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 4.1 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In France, that number is 21.6% of people.

Economy

make 5.9 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in France, the GDP per capita is $43,800.

be 35.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In France, however, that number is 14.2%.

be 6.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In France, that number is 9.5%.

spend 2.1 times more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2%.

Life

be 95.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In France, 8.0 women do.

be 93.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do.

have 48.3% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In France, there are 12.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of the population has electricity access. In France, 100% of the population do.

be 4.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In France, about 85.6% do.

be 32.1% 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 France, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 89.7% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. France spends 5.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 6.1 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In France, that number is 11.5% of GDP.

France: At a glance

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 549,970 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

How big is France 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, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques.

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