Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 8.8 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Palau, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 10.4 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people.

Economy

make 2.2 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $16,200.

be 13.3% more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Palau, that number is 1.7%.

Life

be 20.9% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Palau, it is 96.6%.

be 78.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Palau, on the other hand, 10.6 children do.

have 52.1% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Palau, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 97.8% more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Palau, about 36.0% do.

be 25.9% 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 Palau, that number is 95% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas).

be 32.2% less likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Palau, that number is 59% of people on average (62% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 4.7 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Palau, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Palau: At a glance

Palau is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 459 sq km. After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986 but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence.

How big is Palau compared to Laos? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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