Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Guinea-Bissau instead of Laos, you would:

Health

be 11.3 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Laos, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Guinea-Bissau, that number is 3.4% of people.

live 13.6 years less


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Guinea-Bissau, that number is 51 years (49 years for men, 53 years for women).

be 79.2% more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Guinea-Bissau, that number is 9.5% of people.

Economy

make 75.7% less money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Guinea-Bissau, the GDP per capita is $1,800.

be 3.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Guinea-Bissau, however, that number is 67.0%.

Life

have 37.7% more children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Guinea-Bissau, there are 32.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Guinea-Bissau, 549.0 women do.

be 25.0% less likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Guinea-Bissau, it is 59.9%.

be 71.7% more likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guinea-Bissau, on the other hand, 85.7 children do.

Basic Needs

be 75.9% 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 Guinea-Bissau, that number is 21% of people on average (37% in urban areas, and 6% in rural areas).

be 79.1% less likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Guinea-Bissau, about 3.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 27.6% less on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Guinea-Bissau spends 2.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.9 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guinea-Bissau, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Guinea-Bissau: At a glance

Guinea-Bissau is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 28,120 sq km. Since independence from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has experienced considerable political and military upheaval. In 1980, a military coup established authoritarian dictator Joao Bernardo 'Nino' VIEIRA as president. Despite setting a path to a market economy and multiparty system, VIEIRA's regime was characterized by the suppression of political opposition and the purging of political rivals. Several coup attempts through the 1980s and early 1990s failed to unseat him. In 1994 VIEIRA was elected president in the country's first free elections. A military mutiny and resulting civil war in 1998 eventually led to VIEIRA's ouster in May 1999. In February 2000, a transitional government turned over power to opposition leader Kumba YALA after he was elected president in transparent polling. In September 2003, after only three years in office, YALA was overthrown in a bloodless military coup, and businessman Henrique ROSA was sworn in as interim president. In 2005, former President VIEIRA was re-elected president pledging to pursue economic development and national reconciliation; he was assassinated in March 2009. Malam Bacai SANHA was elected in an emergency election held in June 2009, but he passed away in January 2012 from an existing illness. A military coup in April 2012 prevented Guinea-Bissau's second-round presidential election - to determine SANHA's successor - from taking place.

How big is Guinea-Bissau 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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