Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 9.0 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020. In Peru, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Peru, that number is 19.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 82.4% more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400 as of 2017, while in Peru, the GDP per capita is $13,500 as of 2017.

be 9.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 0.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Peru, that number is 6.9% as of 2017.

pay a 25.0% higher top tax rate


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0% as of 2016. In Peru, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 52.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 185.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Peru, 88.0 women do as of 2017.

be 11.5% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 84.7% as of 2015. In Peru, it is 94.4% as of 2018.

be 63.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 45.6 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Peru, on the other hand, 16.7 children do as of 2020.

have 24.1% fewer children


In Laos, there are approximately 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Peru, there are 17.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 2.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 25.5% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Peru, about 52.5% do as of 2018.

be 12.2% 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 Peru, that number is 92% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 34.5% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Peru spends 3.9% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

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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