Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

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


In Lesotho, 23.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Laos, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 11.6 years longer


In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 53 years (53 years for men, 53 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

be 68.1% less likely to be obese


In Lesotho, 16.6% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

Economy

make 2.1 times more money


Lesotho has a GDP per capita of $3,600, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 94.7% less likely to be unemployed


In Lesotho, 28.1% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

be 61.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Lesotho, 57.0% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

spend 20.0% less on taxes


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

Life

be 59.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Lesotho, approximately 487.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

Basic Needs

be 5.1 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Lesotho, 17% of people have electricity access (43% in urban areas, and 8% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 33.6% less likely to have internet access


In Lesotho, approximately 27.4% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 74.6% less on education


Lesotho spends 11.4% of its total GDP on education. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 82.1% less on healthcare


Lesotho spends 10.6% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Laos, that number is 1.9% of GDP.

Laos: At a glance

Laos is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 230,800 sq km. Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos. After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the communist Pathet Lao took control of the government ending a six-century-old monarchy and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam. A gradual, limited return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1988. Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997 and the WTO in 2013.

How big is Laos 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.

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