Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 16.0 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020. In Netherlands, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.8 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Netherlands, that number is 20.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 7.3 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400 as of 2017, while in Netherlands, the GDP per capita is $53,900 as of 2017.

be 60.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line as of 2013. In Netherlands, however, that number is 8.8% as of 2015.

be 7.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 0.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Netherlands, that number is 4.9% as of 2017.

pay a 2.2 times higher top tax rate


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0% as of 2016. In Netherlands, the top tax rate is 52.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 97.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 185.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Netherlands, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 92.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 45.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Netherlands, on the other hand, 3.5 children do as of 2020.

have 50.9% fewer children


In Laos, there are approximately 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Netherlands, there are 11.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 14.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, approximately 87% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Netherlands, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 3.7 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 25.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Netherlands, about 94.7% do as of 2018.

be 21.8% 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 Netherlands, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 89.7% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Netherlands spends 5.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Netherlands: At a glance

Netherlands is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 33,893 sq km. The Dutch United Provinces declared their independence from Spain in 1579; during the 17th century, they became a leading seafaring and commercial power, with settlements and colonies around the world. After a 20-year French occupation, a Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU) and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999. In October 2010, the former Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and the three smallest islands - Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba - became special municipalities in the Netherlands administrative structure. The larger islands of Sint Maarten and Curacao joined the Netherlands and Aruba as constituent countries forming the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

How big is Netherlands 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, Tax and Customs Administration - Belastingdienst.

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