Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 7.7 years longer

In Laos, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020. In Greenland, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.


make 5.6 times more money

Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400 as of 2017, while in Greenland, the GDP per capita is $41,800 as of 2015.

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

In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Greenland, however, that number is 16.2% as of 2015.

be 13.0 times more likely to be unemployed

In Laos, 0.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Greenland, that number is 9.1% as of 2015.


be 18.1% more likely to be literate

In Laos, the literacy rate is 84.7% as of 2015. In Greenland, it is 100.0% as of 2015.

be 81.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Laos, approximately 45.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Greenland, on the other hand, 8.3 children do as of 2020.

have 37.1% fewer children

In Laos, there are approximately 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Greenland, there are 14.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

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 Greenland, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.7 times more likely to have internet access

In Laos, approximately 25.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Greenland, about 69.5% 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 Greenland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Greenland: At a glance

Greenland is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 2,166,086 sq km. Greenland, the world's largest island, is about 81% ice-capped. Vikings reached the island in the 10th century from Iceland; Danish colonization began in the 18th century, and Greenland was made an integral part of Denmark in 1953. It joined the European Community (now the EU) with Denmark in 1973 but withdrew in 1985 over a dispute centered on stringent fishing quotas. Greenland was granted self-government in 1979 by the Danish parliament; the law went into effect the following year. Greenland voted in favor of increased self-rule in November 2008 and acquired greater responsibility for internal affairs when the Act on Greenland Self-Government was signed into law in June 2009. Denmark, however, continues to exercise control over several policy areas on behalf of Greenland including foreign affairs, security, and financial policy in consultation with Greenland's Self-Rule Government.

How big is Greenland 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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