Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 16.1 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Greece, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 4.7 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Greece, that number is 24.9% of people.

Economy

make 3.7 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Greece, the GDP per capita is $27,700.

be 14.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Greece, that number is 22.3%.

be 63.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Greece, however, that number is 36.0%.

spend 100.0% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Greece, the top tax rate is 48.0%.

Life

be 98.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Greece, 3.0 women do.

be 22.3% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Greece, it is 97.7%.

be 90.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Greece, on the other hand, 4.6 children do.

have 64.4% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Greece, there are 8.4 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 Greece, 100% of the population do.

be 3.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Greece, about 69.1% 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 Greece, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 4.3 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Greece, that number is 8.1% of GDP.

Greece: At a glance

Greece is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 130,647 sq km. Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and other anti-communist and communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001. In 2010, the prospect of a Greek default on its euro-denominated debt created severe strains within the EMU and raised the question of whether a member country might voluntarily leave the common currency or be removed.

How big is Greece 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, GSIS, Greece.

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