Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 30.4 years longer


In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women) as of 2020. In Canada, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020.

be 77.1% more likely to be obese


In Lesotho, 16.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Canada, that number is 29.4% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 14.7 times more money


Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $3,300 as of 2017, while in Canada, the GDP per capita is $48,400 as of 2017.

be 77.6% less likely to be unemployed


In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Canada, that number is 6.3% as of 2017.

be 83.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Lesotho, 57.0% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In Canada, however, that number is 9.4% as of 2008.

pay a 10.0% higher top tax rate


Lesotho has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In Canada, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 98.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In Lesotho, approximately 544.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Canada, 10.0 women do as of 2017.

be 89.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Lesotho, approximately 41.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Canada, on the other hand, 4.3 children do as of 2020.

have 56.0% fewer children


In Lesotho, there are approximately 23.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Canada, there are 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 3.4 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Lesotho, approximately 30% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In Canada, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 3.1 times more likely to have internet access


In Lesotho, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Canada, about 91.0% do as of 2018.

be 27.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Lesotho, approximately 78% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Canada, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 99% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 17.2% less on education


Lesotho spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. Canada spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2011.

Canada: At a glance

Canada is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,093,507 sq km. A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

How big is Canada 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, Canada Revenue Agency.

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