Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Australia instead of Lesotho, you would:

Health

be 99.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Lesotho, 23.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Australia, that number is 0.1% of people.

live 29.3 years longer


In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women). In Australia, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 74.7% more likely to be obese


In Lesotho, 16.6% of adults are obese. In Australia, that number is 29.0% of people.

Economy

make 14.0 times more money


Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $3,600, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $50,300.

be 80.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed. In Australia, that number is 5.6%.

spend 50.0% more on taxes


Lesotho has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In Australia, the top tax rate is 45.0%.

Life

be 98.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Lesotho, approximately 487.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Australia, 6.0 women do.

be 90.7% less likely to die during infancy


In Lesotho, approximately 46.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Australia, on the other hand, 4.3 children do.

have 50.8% fewer children


In Lesotho, there are approximately 24.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Australia, there are 12.1 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 5.9 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Lesotho, 17% of the population has electricity access. In Australia, 100% of the population do.

be 3.2 times more likely to have internet access


In Lesotho, approximately 27.4% of the population has internet access. In Australia, about 88.2% do.

be 22.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Lesotho, approximately 82% of people have improved drinking water access (95% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas). In Australia, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 54.4% less on education


Lesotho spends 11.4% of its total GDP on education. Australia spends 5.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 11.3% less on healthcare


Lesotho spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Australia, that number is 9.4% of GDP.

Australia: At a glance

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Australia compared to Lesotho? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Australian Taxation Office.

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