Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 9.4 years longer

In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Samoa, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 8.9 times more likely to be obese

In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Samoa, that number is 47.3% of people.


make 23.0% less money

Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Samoa, the GDP per capita is $5,700.

spend 12.5% more on taxes

Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Samoa, the top tax rate is 27.0%.


be 74.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Samoa, 51.0 women do.

be 23.9% more likely to be literate

In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Samoa, it is 99.0%.

be 62.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Samoa, on the other hand, 18.6 children do.

have 13.6% fewer children

In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Samoa, there are 20.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 61.5% more likely to have internet access

In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Samoa, about 29.4% do.

be 30.8% 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 Samoa, that number is 99% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas).


spend 41.4% more on education

Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Samoa spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 3.8 times more on healthcare

Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Samoa, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Samoa: At a glance

Samoa is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 2,821 sq km. New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.

How big is Samoa 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, Ministry of Revenue, Samoa.


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