Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.6 years less


In Madagascar, the average life expectancy is 67 years (66 years for men, 69 years for women) as of 2020. In Laos, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 4.6 times more money


Madagascar has a GDP per capita of $1,600 as of 2017, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400 as of 2017.

be 61.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Madagascar, 1.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Laos, that number is 0.7% as of 2017.

be 68.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Madagascar, 70.7% live below the poverty line as of 2012. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0% as of 2013.

pay a 20.0% higher top tax rate


Madagascar has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 44.8% less likely to die during childbirth


In Madagascar, approximately 335.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Laos, 185.0 women do as of 2017.

be 13.2% more likely to be literate


In Madagascar, the literacy rate is 74.8% as of 2018. In Laos, it is 84.7% as of 2015.

be 20.6% more likely to die during infancy


In Madagascar, approximately 37.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Laos, on the other hand, 45.6 children do as of 2020.

have 25.1% fewer children


In Madagascar, there are approximately 29.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Laos, there are 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 3.8 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Madagascar, approximately 23% of people have electricity access (67% in urban areas, and 17% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 80% in rural areas) as of 2016.

be 2.6 times more likely to have internet access


In Madagascar, approximately 9.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Laos, about 25.5% do as of 2018.

be 47.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Madagascar, approximately 56% of people have improved drinking water access (88% in urban areas, and 36% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Laos, that number is 82% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2017.

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 Madagascar? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, General Direction of Taxes, Ministry of Finance.

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