Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 78.6% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS

In Liberia, 1.4% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Laos, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 1.3 years longer

In Liberia, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

be 46.5% less likely to be obese

In Liberia, 9.9% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.


make 5.3 times more money

Liberia has a GDP per capita of $1,400, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 46.4% less likely to be unemployed

In Liberia, 2.8% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

be 59.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Liberia, 54.1% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.


be 72.8% less likely to die during childbirth

In Liberia, approximately 725.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Laos, 197.0 women do.

be 67.9% more likely to be literate

In Liberia, the literacy rate is 47.6%. In Laos, it is 79.9%.

have 38.4% less children

In Liberia, there are approximately 38.3 babies per 1,000 people. In Laos, there are 23.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 8.7 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Liberia, 10% of people have electricity access (17% in urban areas, and 3% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 2.5 times more likely to have internet access

In Liberia, approximately 7.3% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.


spend 81.0% less on healthcare

Liberia spends 10.0% 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 Liberia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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