Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 3.5 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020. In Pakistan, that number is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020.

be 62.3% more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Pakistan, that number is 8.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 16.7% lower top tax rate


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0% as of 2016. In Pakistan, the top tax rate is 20.0% as of 2016.

make 27.0% less money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400 as of 2017, while in Pakistan, the GDP per capita is $5,400 as of 2017.

be 8.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 0.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Pakistan, that number is 6.0% as of 2017.

Life

be 24.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 185.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Pakistan, 140.0 women do as of 2017.

have 22.3% more children


In Laos, there are approximately 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Pakistan, there are 27.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 30.2% less likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 84.7% as of 2015. In Pakistan, it is 59.1% as of 2015.

be 14.7% more likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 45.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Pakistan, on the other hand, 52.3 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 11.4% 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 Pakistan, that number is 92% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 90% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 15.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, approximately 87% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas) as of 2016. In Pakistan, that number is 74% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 64% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 39.2% less likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 25.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Pakistan, about 15.5% do as of 2018.

Pakistan: At a glance

Pakistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 770,875 sq km. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Aryan peoples. The area underwent successive invasions in subsequent centuries from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks. The Mughal Empire flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; the British came to dominate the region in the 18th century. The separation in 1947 of British India into the Muslim state of Pakistan (with West and East sections) and largely Hindu India was never satisfactorily resolved, and India and Pakistan fought two wars - in 1947-48 and 1965 - over the disputed Kashmir territory. A third war between these countries in 1971 - in which India capitalized on Islamabad's marginalization of Bengalis in Pakistani politics - resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. In response to Indian nuclear weapons testing, Pakistan conducted its own tests in 1998. India-Pakistan relations have been rocky since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, but both countries are taking small steps to put relations back on track. In February 2008, Pakistan held parliamentary elections and in September 2008, after the resignation of former President MUSHARRAF, elected Asif Ali ZARDARI to the presidency. Pakistani government and military leaders are struggling to control domestic insurgents, many of whom are located in the tribal areas adjacent to the border with Afghanistan.

How big is Pakistan 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, Federal Board of Revenue, Government of Pakistan.

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