Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Laos instead of Congo, Republic of the, you would:

Health

be 88.5% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Congo, Republic of the, 2.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV as of 2018. In Laos, that number is 0.3% of people as of 2018.

live 4.4 years longer


In Congo, Republic of the, the average life expectancy is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In Laos, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.

be 44.8% less likely to be obese


In Congo, Republic of the, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 98.1% less likely to be unemployed


In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In Laos, that number is 0.7% as of 2017.

be 52.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In Congo, Republic of the, 46.5% live below the poverty line as of 2011. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0% as of 2013.

Life

be 51.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 378.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Laos, 185.0 women do as of 2017.

be 10.1% less likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 50.7 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 31.3% fewer children


In Congo, Republic of the, there are approximately 32.6 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 53.9% more likely to have access to electricity


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 57% of people have electricity access (74% in urban areas, and 23% 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 2.9 times more likely to have internet access


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 8.7% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Laos, about 25.5% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 37.0% less on education


Congo, Republic of the spends 4.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2015. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

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 Congo, Republic of the? 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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