Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 9.4 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Peru, that number is 74 years (72 years for men, 76 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Peru, that number is 19.7% of people.

Economy

make 79.7% more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Peru, the GDP per capita is $13,300.

be 4.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Peru, that number is 6.7%.

spend 25.0% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Peru, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

Life

be 65.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Peru, 68.0 women do.

be 17.9% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Peru, it is 94.2%.

be 63.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Peru, on the other hand, 18.4 children do.

have 24.6% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Peru, there are 17.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.5 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Peru, about 45.5% do.

be 14.5% 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 Peru, that number is 87% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 31.0% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Peru spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.9 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Peru, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

Peru: At a glance

Peru is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,279,996 sq km. Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces were defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto FUJIMORI's election in 1990 ushered in a decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime, which led to his resignation in 2000. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which installed Alejandro TOLEDO Manrique as the new head of government - Peru's first democratically elected president of indigenous ethnicity. The presidential election of 2006 saw the return of Alan GARCIA Perez who, after a disappointing presidential term from 1985 to 1990, oversaw a robust economic rebound. In June 2011, former army officer Ollanta HUMALA Tasso was elected president, defeating Keiko FUJIMORI Higuchi, the daughter of Alberto FUJIMORI. Since his election, HUMALA has carried on the sound, market-oriented economic policies of the three preceding administrations.

How big is Peru 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, Superintendencia Nacional de Aduanas y de Administración Tributaria.

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