Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 12.5 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Morocco, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women).

be 4.9 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Morocco, that number is 26.1% of people.

Economy

make 16.2% more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Morocco, the GDP per capita is $8,600.

be 31.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Morocco, however, that number is 15.0%.

be 6.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Morocco, that number is 10.0%.

spend 58.3% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Morocco, the top tax rate is 38.0%.

Life

be 38.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Morocco, 121.0 women do.

be 56.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Morocco, on the other hand, 21.9 children do.

be 14.3% less likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Morocco, it is 68.5%.

have 25.0% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Morocco, there are 17.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 13.7% 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 Morocco, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas).

be 3.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Morocco, about 58.3% do.

be 12.8% 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 Morocco, that number is 85% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 65% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 82.8% more on education


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

spend 3.1 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Morocco, that number is 5.9% of GDP.

Morocco: At a glance

Morocco is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 446,300 sq km. In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, a series of Moroccan Muslim dynasties began to rule in Morocco. In the 16th century, the Sa'adi monarchy, particularly under Ahmad al-MANSUR (1578-1603), repelled foreign invaders and inaugurated a golden age. The Alaouite Dynasty, to which the current Moroccan royal family belongs, dates from the 17th century. In 1860, Spain occupied northern Morocco and ushered in a half century of trade rivalry among European powers that saw Morocco's sovereignty steadily erode; in 1912, the French imposed a protectorate over the country. A protracted independence struggle with France ended successfully in 1956. The internationalized city of Tangier and most Spanish possessions were turned over to the new country that same year. Sultan MOHAMMED V, the current monarch's grandfather, organized the new state as a constitutional monarchy and in 1957 assumed the title of king. Although Morocco is not the UN-recognized Administering Power for the Western Sahara, it exercises de facto administrative control over 80% of the territory. The UN since 1991 has monitored a ceasefire between Morocco and the Polisario Front and leads ongoing negotiations over the status of the territory. King MOHAMMED VI in early 2011 responded to the spread of pro-democracy protests in the region by implementing a reform program that included a new constitution, passed by popular referendum in July 2011, under which some new powers were extended to parliament and the prime minister but ultimate authority remains in the hands of the monarch. In November 2012, the Justice and Development Party - a moderate Islamist party - won the largest number of seats in parliamentary elections, becoming the first Islamist party to lead the Moroccan Government.

How big is Morocco 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, Direction Générale des Impôts, Morocco.

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