Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.3 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020. In Gabon, that number is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020.

be 12.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Laos, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Gabon, that number is 3.8% of people as of 2018.

be 2.8 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Gabon, that number is 15.0% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 2.4 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400 as of 2017, while in Gabon, the GDP per capita is $18,100 as of 2017.

be 40.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 0.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Gabon, that number is 28.0% as of 2015.

be 55.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Gabon, however, that number is 34.3% as of 2015.

pay a 45.8% higher top tax rate


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0% as of 2016. In Gabon, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 33.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 45.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Gabon, on the other hand, 30.4 children do as of 2020.

have 17.4% more children


In Laos, there are approximately 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Gabon, there are 26.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 36.2% more likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 185.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Gabon, 252.0 women do as of 2017.

Basic Needs

be 2.4 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 25.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Gabon, about 62.0% do as of 2018.

be 14.3% 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 Gabon, that number is 94% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Gabon: At a glance

Gabon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 257,667 sq km. El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - dominated the country's political scene for four decades (1967-2009) following independence from France in 1960. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in December 2002 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Following President BONGO's death in 2009, new elections brought Ali BONGO Ondimba, son of the former president, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon's small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries.

How big is Gabon 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, General Direction of Taxes.

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