Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Marshall Islands instead of Laos, you would:


live 8.4 years longer

In Laos, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020. In Marshall Islands, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

be 10.0 times more likely to be obese

In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Marshall Islands, that number is 52.9% of people as of 2016.


make 51.4% less money

Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400 as of 2017, while in Marshall Islands, the GDP per capita is $3,600 as of 2017.

be 51.4 times more likely to be unemployed

In Laos, 0.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Marshall Islands, that number is 36.0% as of 2006.


be 16.1% more likely to be literate

In Laos, the literacy rate is 84.7% as of 2015. In Marshall Islands, it is 98.3% as of 2011.

be 61.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Laos, approximately 45.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Marshall Islands, on the other hand, 17.4 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 51.7% more likely to have internet access

In Laos, approximately 25.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Marshall Islands, about 38.7% do as of 2018.

be 21.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Laos, approximately 82% of people have improved drinking water access (94% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Marshall Islands, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Marshall Islands: At a glance

Marshall Islands (sometimes abbreviated RMI) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 181 sq km. After almost four decades under US administration as the easternmost part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Marshall Islands attained independence in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association. Compensation claims continue as a result of US nuclear testing on some of the atolls between 1947 and 1962. The Marshall Islands hosts the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) Reagan Missile Test Site, a key installation in the US missile defense network.

How big is Marshall Islands 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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