Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in New Zealand instead of Laos, you would:

Health

live 16.7 years longer


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

be 5.8 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people.

Economy

make 5.3 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $38,900.

be 3.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In New Zealand, that number is 4.9%.

spend 37.5% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

Life

be 94.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In New Zealand, 11.0 women do.

be 91.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

have 44.1% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In New Zealand, there are 13.2 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 New Zealand, 100% of the population do.

be 4.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In New Zealand, about 88.5% 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 New Zealand, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.2 times more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. New Zealand spends 6.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 5.8 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In New Zealand, that number is 11.0% of GDP.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

How big is New Zealand 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, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.

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