Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Hong Kong instead of Laos, you would:

Health

live 18.4 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women).

Economy

make 8.3 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Hong Kong, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

spend 37.5% less on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1%.

Life

be 94.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do.

have 62.3% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Hong Kong, there are 8.9 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 Hong Kong, 100% of the population do.

be 4.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Hong Kong, about 85.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 13.8% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education.

Hong Kong: At a glance

Hong Kong (sometimes abbreviated HK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 1,073 sq km. Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system would not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the subsequent 50 years.

How big is Hong Kong 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, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.

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