Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 16.3 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Ireland, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 83 years for women).

be 4.8 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Ireland, that number is 25.3% of people.

Economy

make 10.2 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Ireland, the GDP per capita is $75,500.

be 62.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Ireland, however, that number is 8.2%.

be 4.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Ireland, that number is 6.4%.

spend 100.0% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Ireland, the top tax rate is 48.0%.

Life

be 95.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Ireland, 8.0 women do.

be 92.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ireland, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 40.3% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Ireland, there are 14.1 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 Ireland, 100% of the population do.

be 4.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Ireland, about 82.2% do.

be 29.3% 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 Ireland, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 69.0% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Ireland spends 4.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 4.1 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ireland, that number is 7.8% of GDP.

Ireland: At a glance

Ireland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 68,883 sq km. Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600 and 150 B.C. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian BORU defeated the Danes in 1014. Norman invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. The Irish famine of the mid-19th century saw the population of the island drop by one third through starvation and emigration. For more than a century after that the population of the island continued to fall only to begin growing again in the 1960s. Over the last 50 years, Ireland's high birthrate has made it demographically one of the youngest populations in the EU. The modern Irish state traces its origins to the failed 1916 Easter Monday Uprising which touched off several years of guerrilla warfare resulting in independence from the UK in 1921 for 26 southern counties; six northern counties remained part of the UK. Unresolved issues in Northern Ireland erupted into years of violence known as the "Troubles" that began in the 1960s. The Government of Ireland was part of a process along with the UK and US Governments that helped broker what is known as The Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland in 1998. This initiated a new phase of cooperation between Irish and British governments. Ireland was neutral in World War II and continues its policy of military neutrality. Ireland joined the European Community in 1973 and the Eurozone currency union in 1999. The economic boom years of the Celtic Tiger (1995-2007) saw rapid economic growth, which came to an abrupt end in 2008 with the meltdown of the Irish banking system. Today the economy is recovering, fueled by large and growing foreign direct investment, especially from US multi-nationals.

How big is Ireland 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, The Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

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