Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 4.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Laos, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Liberia, that number is 1.4% of people.

live 1.3 years less


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Liberia, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

be 86.8% more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Liberia, that number is 9.9% of people.

Economy

make 81.1% less money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Liberia, the GDP per capita is $1,400.

be 86.7% more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Liberia, that number is 2.8%.

be 2.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Liberia, however, that number is 54.1%.

Life

have 62.3% more children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Liberia, there are 38.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Liberia, 725.0 women do.

be 40.4% less likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Liberia, it is 47.6%.

Basic Needs

be 88.5% 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 Liberia, that number is 10% of people on average (17% in urban areas, and 3% in rural areas).

be 59.9% less likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Liberia, about 7.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 5.3 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Liberia, that number is 10.0% of GDP.

Liberia: At a glance

Liberia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 96,320 sq km. Settlement of freed slaves from the US in what is today Liberia began in 1822; by 1847, the Americo-Liberians were able to establish a republic. William TUBMAN, president from 1944-71, did much to promote foreign investment and to bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendants of the original settlers and the inhabitants of the interior. In 1980, a military coup led by Samuel DOE ushered in a decade of authoritarian rule. In December 1989, Charles TAYLOR launched a rebellion against DOE's regime that led to a prolonged civil war in which DOE was killed. A period of relative peace in 1997 allowed for elections that brought TAYLOR to power, but major fighting resumed in 2000. An August 2003 peace agreement ended the war and prompted the resignation of former president Charles TAYLOR, who faces war crimes charges in The Hague related to his involvement in Sierra Leone's civil war. After two years of rule by a transitional government, democratic elections in late 2005 brought President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF to power. She subsequently won reelection in 2011 in a second round vote that was boycotted by the opposition and remains challenged to build Liberia's economy and reconcile a nation still recovering from 14 years of fighting. The United Nations Security Council in September 2012 passed Resolution 2066 which calls for a reduction of UN troops in Liberia by half by 2015, bringing the troop total down to fewer than 4000, and challenging Liberia's security sector to fill the gaps.

How big is Liberia 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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