Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 16.8 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Netherlands, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 3.8 times more likely to be obese


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

Economy

make 7.2 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Netherlands, the GDP per capita is $53,600.

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


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

be 3.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Netherlands, that number is 4.8%.

spend 2.2 times more on taxes


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

Life

be 96.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Netherlands, 7.0 women do.

be 92.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Netherlands, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 53.8% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Netherlands, there are 10.9 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 Netherlands, 100% of the population do.

be 5.0 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Netherlands, about 90.4% do.

be 32.1% 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 Netherlands, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 89.7% more on education


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

spend 5.7 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Netherlands, that number is 10.9% of GDP.

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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