Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 11.2 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Mauritius, that number is 76 years (72 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 2.0 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Mauritius, that number is 10.8% of people.

Economy

make 2.9 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Mauritius, the GDP per capita is $21,600.

be 63.6% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Mauritius, however, that number is 8.0%.

spend 37.5% less on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Mauritius, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

be 4.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Mauritius, that number is 6.9%.

Life

be 73.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mauritius, 53.0 women do.

be 16.0% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Mauritius, it is 92.7%.

be 80.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mauritius, on the other hand, 9.8 children do.

have 44.9% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritius, there are 13.0 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 Mauritius, 100% of the population do.

be 2.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Mauritius, about 53.2% do.

be 32.0% 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 Mauritius, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 75.9% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Mauritius spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.5 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mauritius, that number is 4.8% of GDP.

Mauritius: At a glance

Mauritius is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,030 sq km. Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.

How big is Mauritius compared to Laos? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Mauritius Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance.

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