Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 98.7% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Lesotho, 23.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In France, that number is 0.3% of people as of 2018.

live 29.2 years longer


In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women) as of 2020. In France, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women) as of 2020.

be 30.1% more likely to be obese


In Lesotho, 16.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In France, that number is 21.6% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 13.4 times more money


Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $3,300 as of 2017, while in France, the GDP per capita is $44,100 as of 2017.

be 66.5% less likely to be unemployed


In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In France, that number is 9.4% as of 2017.

be 75.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Lesotho, 57.0% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In France, however, that number is 14.2% as of 2015.

pay a 67.3% higher top tax rate


Lesotho has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2% as of 2016.

Life

be 98.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Lesotho, approximately 544.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In France, 8.0 women do as of 2017.

be 92.3% less likely to die during infancy


In Lesotho, approximately 41.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do as of 2020.

have 48.7% fewer children


In Lesotho, there are approximately 23.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In France, there are 11.9 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 France, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 2.8 times more likely to have internet access


In Lesotho, approximately 29.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In France, about 82.0% 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 France, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 15.6% less on education


Lesotho spends 6.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. France spends 5.4% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

France: At a glance

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 549,970 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

How big is France 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, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques.

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