Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.5 years less


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Senegal, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

be 66.0% more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people.

Economy

make 63.5% less money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Senegal, the GDP per capita is $2,700.

be 32.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Senegal, that number is 48.0%.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Senegal, however, that number is 46.7%.

spend 66.7% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Senegal, the top tax rate is 40.0%.

Life

have 41.5% more children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Senegal, there are 33.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 59.9% more likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Senegal, 315.0 women do.

be 27.8% less likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Senegal, it is 57.7%.

Basic Needs

be 41.2% more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Senegal, about 25.7% do.

be 36.8% 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 Senegal, that number is 55% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 28% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 2.4 times more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Senegal spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.5 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Senegal, that number is 4.7% of GDP.

Senegal: At a glance

Senegal is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 192,530 sq km. The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until Abdoulaye WADE was elected president in 2000. He was reelected in 2007 and during his two terms amended Senegal's constitution over a dozen times to increase executive power and to weaken the opposition. His decision to run for a third presidential term sparked a large public backlash that led to his defeat in a March 2012 runoff election with Macky SALL.

How big is Senegal 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, Direction Generale des Impots et des Domaines.

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