Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Laos instead of Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, you would:

Health

live 14.3 years less


In Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, the average life expectancy is 80 years (77 years for men, 83 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

be 95.0% less likely to be unemployed


In Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, 14.0% of adults are unemployed as of 1998. In Laos, that number is 0.7% as of 2017.

Life

have 2.4 times more children


In Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, there are approximately 9.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Laos, there are 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 3.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, approximately 12.0 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.

Basic Needs

be 10.4% more likely to have internet access


In Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, approximately 23.1% of the population has internet access as of 2016. In Laos, about 25.5% do as of 2018.

be 17.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In Laos, 82% of people do 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 Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha? 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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