Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 4.0 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Laos, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Mali, that number is 1.2% of people.

live 4.3 years less


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Mali, that number is 60 years (58 years for men, 62 years for women).

be 62.3% more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Mali, that number is 8.6% of people.

Economy

make 70.3% less money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Mali, the GDP per capita is $2,200.

be 5.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Mali, that number is 8.1%.

be 64.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Mali, however, that number is 36.1%.

Life

have 86.0% more children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Mali, there are 43.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mali, 587.0 women do.

be 58.6% less likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Mali, it is 33.1%.

be 39.3% more likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mali, on the other hand, 69.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 70.1% 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 Mali, that number is 26% of people on average (53% in urban areas, and 9% in rural areas).

be 39.0% less likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Mali, about 11.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 31.0% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Mali spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 3.6 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mali, that number is 6.9% of GDP.

Mali: At a glance

Mali is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,220,190 sq km. The Sudanese Republic and Senegal became independent of France in 1960 as the Mali Federation. When Senegal withdrew after only a few months, what formerly made up the Sudanese Republic was renamed Mali. Rule by dictatorship was brought to a close in 1991 by a military coup that ushered in a period of democratic rule. President Alpha KONARE won Mali's first two democratic presidential elections in 1992 and 1997. In keeping with Mali's two-term constitutional limit, he stepped down in 2002 and was succeeded by Amadou Toumani TOURE, who was elected to a second term in 2007 elections that were widely judged to be free and fair. Malian returnees from Libya in 2011 exacerbated tensions in northern Mali, and Tuareg ethnic militias started a rebellion in January 2012. Low- and mid-level soldiers, frustrated with the poor handling of the rebellion overthrew TOURE on 22 March. Intensive mediation efforts led by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) returned power to a civilian administration in April with the appointment of interim President Dioncounda TRAORE. The post-coup chaos led to rebels expelling the Malian military from the three northern regions of the country and allowed Islamic militants to set up strongholds. Hundreds of thousands of northern Malians fled the violence to southern Mali and neighboring countries, exacerbating regional food insecurity in host communities. An international military intervention to retake the three northern regions began in January 2013 and within a month most of the north had been retaken. In a democratic presidential election conducted in July and August of 2013, Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA was elected president in the second round.

How big is Mali 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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