Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 11.5 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Mexico, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 5.5 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Mexico, that number is 28.9% of people.

Economy

make 2.7 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2%.

spend 45.8% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Mexico, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 80.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

be 18.3% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Mexico, it is 94.5%.

be 76.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.

have 22.5% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Mexico, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 13.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Mexico, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

be 3.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Mexico, about 59.5% do.

be 26.9% 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 Mexico, that number is 96% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 82.8% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Mexico spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 3.3 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mexico, that number is 6.3% of GDP.

Mexico: At a glance

Mexico is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 1,943,945 sq km. The site of several advanced Amerindian civilizations - including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec - Mexico was conquered and colonized by Spain in the early 16th century. Administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain for three centuries, it achieved its independence early in the 19th century. The global financial crisis beginning in late 2008 caused a massive economic downturn the following year, although growth returned quickly in 2010. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely indigenous population in the impoverished southern states. The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON, but Enrique PENA NIETO regained the presidency for the PRI in 2012. Since 2007, Mexico's powerful drug-trafficking organizations have engaged in bloody feuding, resulting in tens of thousands of drug-related homicides.

How big is Mexico 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, Servicio de Administración Tributaria, SHCP.

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