Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 17.2 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Spain, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 4.5 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Spain, that number is 23.8% of people.

Economy

make 5.2 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $38,300.

be 11.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 17.1%.

spend 87.5% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Spain, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 97.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Spain, 5.0 women do.

be 23.0% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Spain, it is 98.3%.

be 93.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 61.0% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, there are 9.2 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 Spain, 100% of the population do.

be 4.4 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Spain, about 80.6% 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 Spain, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 48.3% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Spain spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 4.7 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Spain, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Spain: At a glance

Spain is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 498,980 sq km. Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World War I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. More recently the government has had to focus on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008. Austerity measures implemented to reduce a large budget deficit and reassure foreign investors have led to one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.

How big is Spain 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, Agencia Tributaria, Spain.

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