Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 18.0 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Switzerland, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Switzerland, that number is 19.5% of people.

Economy

make 8.3 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Switzerland, the GDP per capita is $61,400.

be 70.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Switzerland, however, that number is 6.6%.

be 100.0% more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Switzerland, that number is 3.0%.

spend 66.7% more on taxes


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

Life

be 97.5% less likely to die during childbirth


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

be 92.8% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Switzerland, on the other hand, 3.6 children do.

have 55.5% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Switzerland, there are 10.5 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 Switzerland, 100% of the population do.

be 4.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Switzerland, about 89.4% 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 Switzerland, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 75.9% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Switzerland spends 5.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 6.2 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Switzerland, that number is 11.7% of GDP.

Switzerland: At a glance

Switzerland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 39,997 sq km. The Swiss Confederation was founded in 1291 as a defensive alliance among three cantons. In succeeding years, other localities joined the original three. The Swiss Confederation secured its independence from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499. A constitution of 1848, subsequently modified in 1874, replaced the confederation with a centralized federal government. Switzerland's sovereignty and neutrality have long been honored by the major European powers, and the country was not involved in either of the two world wars. The political and economic integration of Europe over the past half century, as well as Switzerland's role in many UN and international organizations, has strengthened Switzerland's ties with its neighbors. However, the country did not officially become a UN member until 2002. Switzerland remains active in many UN and international organizations but retains a strong commitment to neutrality.

How big is Switzerland 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, Swiss Federal Tax Administration.

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