Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.0 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Greenland, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

make 5.6 times more money


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

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


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

be 6.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Greenland, that number is 9.1%.

Life

be 25.2% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Greenland, it is 100.0%.

be 82.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Greenland, on the other hand, 8.9 children do.

have 39.0% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Greenland, there are 14.4 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 Greenland, 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 Greenland, about 68.5% 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 Greenland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

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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