Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 12.8 years longer


In Laos, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women). In Uruguay, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

be 5.3 times more likely to be obese


In Laos, 5.3% of adults are obese. In Uruguay, that number is 27.9% of people.

Economy

make 3.0 times more money


Laos has a GDP per capita of $7,400, while in Uruguay, the GDP per capita is $22,400.

be 55.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Laos, 22.0% live below the poverty line. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7%.

be 4.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Laos, 1.5% of adults are unemployed. In Uruguay, that number is 7.3%.

spend 25.0% more on taxes


Laos has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In Uruguay, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

Life

be 92.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In Laos, approximately 197.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Uruguay, 15.0 women do.

be 23.3% more likely to be literate


In Laos, the literacy rate is 79.9%. In Uruguay, it is 98.5%.

be 83.4% less likely to die during infancy


In Laos, approximately 49.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Uruguay, on the other hand, 8.3 children do.

have 44.9% less children


In Laos, there are approximately 23.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Uruguay, there are 13.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 14.3% 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 Uruguay, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas).

be 3.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Laos, approximately 18.2% of the population has internet access. In Uruguay, about 66.4% do.

be 31.7% 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 Uruguay, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 94% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 51.7% more on education


Laos spends 2.9% of its total GDP on education. Uruguay spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 4.5 times more on healthcare


Laos spends 1.9% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Uruguay, that number is 8.6% of GDP.

Uruguay: At a glance

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay 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, Dirección General Impositiva.

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