Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Laos instead of Papua New Guinea, you would:

Health

be 75.1% less likely to be obese


In Papua New Guinea, 21.3% of adults are obese. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people.

live 2.7 years less


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In Laos, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

make 100.0% more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400.

be 40.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.5%.

be 40.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Papua New Guinea, 37.0% live below the poverty line. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0%.

spend 42.9% less on taxes


Papua New Guinea has a top tax rate of 42.0%. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0%.

Life

be 24.5% more likely to be literate


In Papua New Guinea, the literacy rate is 64.2%. In Laos, it is 79.9%.

be 37.5% more likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, 49.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 4.8 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Papua New Guinea, 18% of people have electricity access (72% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 87% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

be 89.6% more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In Laos, about 18.2% do.

be 89.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 40% of people have improved drinking water access (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas). In Laos, that number is 76% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 55.8% less on healthcare


Papua New Guinea spends 4.3% 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 Papua New Guinea? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Internal Revenue Commission, Papua New Guinea.

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