Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Guatemala 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 Guatemala, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).

be 4.0 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Guatemala, that number is 21.2% of people.

Economy

spend 70.8% less on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0%.

be 53.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3%.

be 2.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3%.

Life

be 55.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guatemala, 88.0 women do.

be 57.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 89.6% more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Guatemala, about 34.5% do.

be 22.6% 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 Guatemala, that number is 93% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

be 10.3% less likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Guatemala, that number is 78% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 3.3 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guatemala, that number is 6.2% of GDP.

Guatemala: At a glance

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

How big is Guatemala 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, Superintendence of the Tax Administration.

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