Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 10.3 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Thailand, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

be 3.7 times more likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Laos, 0.3% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Thailand, that number is 1.1% of people.

be 88.7% more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Thailand, that number is 10.0% of people.

Economy

make 2.4 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Thailand, the GDP per capita is $17,900.

be 53.3% less likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Thailand, that number is 0.7%.

be 67.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Thailand, however, that number is 7.2%.

spend 45.8% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Thailand, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

Life

be 89.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Thailand, 20.0 women do.

be 16.3% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Thailand, it is 92.9%.

be 81.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Thailand, on the other hand, 9.2 children do.

have 53.4% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Thailand, there are 11.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 13.8% more likely to have access to electricity


In Laos, 87% of people have electricity access (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas). In Thailand, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

be 2.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Thailand, about 47.5% do.

be 29.2% 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 Thailand, that number is 98% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 41.4% more on education


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

spend 3.4 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Thailand, that number is 6.5% of GDP.

Thailand: At a glance

Thailand is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 510,890 sq km. A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the United States in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in Thailand's southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.

How big is Thailand 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, The Revenue Department, Government of Thailand.

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