Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 79.3 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Laos, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Lesotho, that number is 23.8% of people.

live 11.6 years less


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Lesotho, that number is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women).

be 3.1 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Lesotho, that number is 16.6% of people.

Economy

make 51.4% less money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Lesotho, the GDP per capita is $3,600.

be 18.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Lesotho, that number is 28.1%.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Lesotho, however, that number is 57.0%.

spend 25.0% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Lesotho, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

Life

be 2.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Lesotho, 487.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 50.5% more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Lesotho, about 27.4% do.

be 80.5% 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 Lesotho, that number is 17% of people on average (43% in urban areas, and 8% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 3.9 times more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Lesotho spends 11.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 5.6 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Lesotho, that number is 10.6% of GDP.

Lesotho: At a glance

Lesotho is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 30,355 sq km. Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled the country during its first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Batswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties disputed how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly. In May 2012, competitive elections involving 18 parties saw Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas THABANE form a coalition government - the first in the country's history - that ousted the 14-year incumbent, Pakalitha MOSISILI, who peacefully transferred power the following month.

How big is Lesotho 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.

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