Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 10.8 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Romania, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 4.2 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Romania, that number is 22.5% of people.

Economy

make 3.3 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,500.

spend 33.3% less on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0%.

be 3.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Romania, that number is 5.3%.

Life

be 84.3% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Romania, 31.0 women do.

be 23.7% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Romania, it is 98.8%.

be 81.2% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Romania, on the other hand, 9.4 children do.

have 62.3% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Romania, there are 8.9 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 Romania, 100% of the population do.

be 3.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Romania, about 59.5% 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 Romania, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.9 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Romania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Romania: At a glance

Romania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 229,891 sq km. The principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia - for centuries under the suzerainty of the Turkish Ottoman Empire - secured their autonomy in 1856; they were de facto linked in 1859 and formally united in 1862 under the new name of Romania. The country gained recognition of its independence in 1878. It joined the Allied Powers in World War I and acquired new territories - most notably Transylvania - following the conflict. In 1940, Romania allied with the Axis powers and participated in the 1941 German invasion of the USSR. Three years later, overrun by the Soviets, Romania signed an armistice. The post-war Soviet occupation led to the formation of a communist "people's republic" in 1947 and the abdication of the king. The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae CEAUSESCU, who took power in 1965, and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. CEAUSESCU was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Former communists dominated the government until 1996 when they were swept from power. Romania joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Romania 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, National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF).

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