Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Laos instead of Marshall Islands, you would:


be 90.0% less likely to be obese

In Marshall Islands, 52.9% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

live 8.8 years less

In Marshall Islands, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).


make 2.2 times more money

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

be 95.8% less likely to be unemployed

In Marshall Islands, 36.0% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.


be 18.7% less likely to be literate

In Marshall Islands, the literacy rate is 98.3%. In Laos, it is 79.9%.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during infancy

In Marshall Islands, approximately 19.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 47.5% more likely to have access to electricity

In Marshall Islands, 59% of people have electricity access (65% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 38.9% less likely to have internet access

In Marshall Islands, approximately 29.8% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

be 20.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Marshall Islands, approximately 95% of people have improved drinking water access (94% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).


spend 88.9% less on healthcare

Marshall Islands spends 17.1% 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 Marshall Islands? 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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