Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 17.3 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Norway, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 4.4 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Norway, that number is 23.1% of people.

Economy

make 9.7 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Norway, the GDP per capita is $71,800.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Norway, that number is 4.0%.

spend 60.5% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Norway, the top tax rate is 38.5%.

Life

be 97.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Norway, 5.0 women do.

be 95.0% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Norway, on the other hand, 2.5 children do.

have 48.3% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Norway, there are 12.2 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 Norway, 100% of the population do.

be 5.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Norway, about 97.3% 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 Norway, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.7 times more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Norway spends 7.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 5.1 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Norway, that number is 9.7% of GDP.

Norway: At a glance

Norway is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,282 sq km. Two centuries of Viking raids into Europe tapered off following the adoption of Christianity by King Olav TRYGGVASON in 994. Conversion of the Norwegian kingdom occurred over the next several decades. In 1397, Norway was absorbed into a union with Denmark that lasted more than four centuries. In 1814, Norwegians resisted the cession of their country to Sweden and adopted a new constitution. Sweden then invaded Norway but agreed to let Norway keep its constitution in return for accepting the union under a Swedish king. Rising nationalism throughout the 19th century led to a 1905 referendum granting Norway independence. Although Norway remained neutral in World War I, it suffered heavy losses to its shipping. Norway proclaimed its neutrality at the outset of World War II, but was nonetheless occupied for five years by Nazi Germany (1940-45). In 1949, neutrality was abandoned and Norway became a member of NATO. Discovery of oil and gas in adjacent waters in the late 1960s boosted Norway's economic fortunes. In referenda held in 1972 and 1994, Norway rejected joining the EU. Key domestic issues include immigration and integration of ethnic minorities, maintaining the country's extensive social safety net with an aging population, and preserving economic competitiveness.

How big is Norway 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, Norwegian Tax Administration.

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